'Star computer' from 1590 to return to Sweden

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tags: astronomy, theft, Star computer, Sweden

A rare and ancient instrument used to measure time and space has been found in Italy after it was reported stolen from a Swedish museum over ten years ago.

The instrument, an astrolabe, was found by Christopher Marinello, a lawyer at London's Art Loss Register.

"Usually I'm recovering stolen paintings by Matisse or Picasso - and those are a lot sexier," Marinello told The Local on the phone from London.

"And this is a brass astrological instrument. But I must say, it's really fascinating and so ornate. It's amazing to think that you can still use it to tell time or to write an astrological map of the stars."...
Read entire article at The Local (Sweden)