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Renaissance Our view of the history of astronomy will now skip almost 1500 years to the next major advances in astronomy. Europe was beginning to emerge from a long period of instability in the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages the Islamic civilization had flourished in the Arabic countries. They had preserved and translated the Greek writings and adopted the Greek ideals of logic and rational inquiry. Islamic astronomers were careful observers of the sky and created accurate star catalogs and tables of planet motions. Many of the names of the bright stars in our sky have Arabic names (e.g., Deneb, Alberio, Aldebaran, Rigel to name a few). For more about this, see the database of Islam and astronomy (will display in another window). However, advances in the explanations of the motions of the stars and planets were made by astronomers in Europe starting in the 16th century. Martin WallseemŸller's world map of 1507. Select the image to go to Jim Siebold's Renaissance maps database from which this picture came (will display in another window). This is the first
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