Planetary satellites by Joseph A Burns

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All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. 34 Latin scholars were thus exposed to the Ptolemaic System of sizes and distances from the very beginning, and this scheme quickly became a part of the common stock of knowledge of literate people in the West. Since al~ Farghani's textbook was by far the most popular of these early astronomi~ cal primers and a model for later textbooks written by Latin schoolmen, it was al~Farghanl's particular version of the Ptolemaic System that became the accepted or canonical one in the West.

Knowing the apparent diameters of all heavenly bodies, as well as their absolute distances, Ptolemy could now calculate their actual diameters and volumes. In the Almagest he had determined the Sun's actual diameter to be 5 1/2 times the Earth's. 33 He now multiplied this number by the ratio of the planet's mean distance to the Sun's mean distance, and by the ratio of the planet's apparent diameter to the Sun's apparent diameter. 36 times the Earth's, or, as Ptolemy put it, 4V3 + lAo. The ratios of volumes were the cubes of the ratios of the diameters.

Ptolemy wrote: 3 ' We now repeat that, if all the distances have been given cor· rectly, the volumes are also in accord with what we have said. If the distances are greater than those we described, then these sizes are the minimum values possible. If their distances are correctly given, Mercury, Venus, and Mars display some paral. lax. The parallax of Mars, at perigee, is equal to that of the Sun at apogee. The parallax of Venus at apogee is close to that of the Sun at perigee. The parallax of Mercury at perigee is equal to that of the Moon at apogee, while the parallax of Mercury at apogee is equal to that of Venus at perigee.

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