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Star-gazing…

 

 source: Flickr/gsz

One could be forgiven for mistaking these structures for the set of science fiction epic staged on a planet light years from Earth. In fact, they are centuries-old scientific instruments, designed and used in Jantar Mantar (Jaipur), India, to explore the heavens.  They were built by a great Maharaja in the early decades of the 18th century and they have been in continuous use since.

 source: Flickr/Loic Pinseel

Read the full story and see more remarkable photos of the observatory at Kuriositas.

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As we raise our eyes, we might send celestial birthday greetings to Mary Watson Whitney; she was born on this date in 1847.  A protege of astronomer Maria Mitchell, Whitney followed her mentor as professor of astronomy at Vassar and as head of the Observatory there.  A champion of scientific education for women, Whitney built Vassar’s astronomy program into one of the nation’s finest.

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Written by LW

September 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

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