What Makes Almagest

Almagest is an astronomical clock and tabletop planetarium. It tracks and displays the movements of the sun, moon and planets as they move across the sky.

Functioning in clock mode Almagest shows a three-dimensional view of the current position of the planets, as they appear to us on Earth.

As a reference instrument, Almagest shows the position of the planets at any time or place between 1,000 BC and 5,000 AD. Just enter any time and date from the past or the future and your chosen location on Earth; the brass wheels will turn and the planets move into position.

How, for example, were the heavens configured when Henry the Eighth stood and watched the Mary Rose sink off Spit Head on 19th July 1545? Or where in the sky could the Moon be seen, from Mission Control Houston, say, when Neil Armstrong made his giant step for mankind on the 20th July 1969? Or indeed, in Rome, when Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March 44 BC?

Run your mouse over the figure below to discover the functions of the various parts of the instrument.