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
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.