Dome from Home Lecture - Jantar Mantar: Ancient Observatory
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For two weeks in 2018 WSU alums Mark and Arlene Christensen traveled around northern India, visiting New and Old Delhi, Agra, Rathambore National Tiger Preserve, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Along the way they visited one of the largest nontelescopic observatories in the world: Jantar Mantar of Jaipur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Sanskrit “Jantar Mantar” means "calculating instrument." Designed for astronomical observations using the naked eye, it is one of five Jantar Mantar observatories built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Jaipur observatory was used to determine solar time and the precise positions of the planets. It is the most significant, comprehensive, and best preserved of the five observatories, having been rebuilt in 1902.
Join us for a visit to this and other places in incredible India and meet its friendly people.
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