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Astronomy in Prague: from the past to the present

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2006

Alena Hadravová
Affiliation:
Research Center for the History of Science and Humanities, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Petr Hadrava
Affiliation:
Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences, Ondřejov, Czech Republic email: had@pleione.asu.cas.cz
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Welcome to Prague. Welcome to this Congress Centre built in a close neighbourhood of the ancient seat of the first Czech dukes (Fig. 1). Its name Vyšehrad means the Upper Town. According to the oldest Czech chronicles, it was here where the legendary princess Libuše ordered her people to found the city of Prague and where she envisaged its glory touching the stars (Fig. 2). It was also here where the canon of Vyšehrad recorded in the first half of the 12th century into his chronicle some observed astronomical and meteorological phenomena.

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