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What was the "libration of Pallas" that Gauss studied, when Pallas is not a moon of Jupiter?

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Name of Polaris before it became a pole star?

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Is there any book dealing with the history of both astronomy and geometry?

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Why did the ancients believe celestial matter was of a different type than terrestrial matter?

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What is the origin of Zodiac (Kaalachakra) signs?

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Is there any evidence supporting this claim about Cassini and his ovals?

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What happened in astronomy between Hipparchus and Ptolemy?

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In orbital determination of celestial bodies, why did the case of parabolic or nearly-parabolic orbits require separate development?

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Historical mentions (as if fact) that Sun never rises or sets

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Is it possible to narrow down possible dates for the following eclipse pattern?

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Who first measured the distance to the Moon? How was it done?

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When did we have first calculations of moon phases?

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Did Kepler arrive at his planetary laws based on Mars's orbit alone?

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What data did Copernicus use to construct his heliocentric model?

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