Last Update 22:51
Monday, 14 October 2019

Google Doodle celebrates Persian astronomer 'Azophi' Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi

Doodle celebrates Al-Sufi on what would be his 1,113th birthday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Dec 2016
Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi
Google Doodle celebrating Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi
Views: 8029
Views: 8029

Google doodle celebrates Persian astronomer Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi known in the West as Azophi and Azophi Arabus, with a representation of the constellation Cancer, or “the Crab.”

Al Sufi was born on 7 December, 903 in Rey, Iran and died, aged 83, on 25 May, 986, Shiraz, Iran.

"Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi forever changed the way we look at the stars in the sky. As one of the world’s most influential astronomers, he dedicated his life to furthering our understanding of the stars and constellations. The lunar crater 'Azophi' and the minor planet '12621 Alsufi' are named after him," Google's commentary on it's new doodle reads.

Al-Sufi, one of the most famous nine Muslim astronomers, lived in and worked out of the court of Emir Adud ad-Daula in Ispahan, Persia.

He focused on translation of works of the Almagest of Ptolemy and other Greek astronomers.

Al-Sufi expanded Ptolemy's star list, adding his own estimates, often correcting what he believed to be innacurate in Greek work.

Al-Sufi also contributed to revival and further development of Hellnistic astronomy through his work in Egypt's Alexandria.

He researched and often compiled Arab and Hellenistic findings in order to create a comprehensive astronomical map of the time. 

His representation of the constellation Cancer, also known as “the Crab," is based on one of the drawings coming from Al-Sufi’s manuscript The Book of Fixed Stars. 

The Google Doodle commemorating Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sufi can be viewed in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE Oman, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Egypt.

For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.