Famous People in Astronomy
By Spencer Ezzell
Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi
Al Sufi was born on December 9th 903 AD in Rey, Iran and died on May 25 986. He was a Persian astronomer and is known in the west as Azophi. He was alive during the times of translating Ancient Greek astronomical signs especially that of Ptolemy.
Discoveries and Contributions
Currently, we use Al Sufi's information about stars to help us find things currently in our galaxy. His findings have not only affected past and modern astronomy, but also astronomy for years to come. His extensive drawings of constellations and observations of the ecliptic plane have really changed modern astronomy. Al Sufi was one of only 9 Muslim astronomers, which is encouragement to young men and women everywhere to follow their dreams and they can become as successful as Sufi. He has a planet and lunar crater named after him which shows the potential success if you focus and push through.
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