Students in Greece Set Out to Recreate Eratosthenes’ Experiment to Recalculate Earth’s Circumference

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Last Update: 14:31

Students from Greek schools will participate in a science project which will recalculate the earth’s circumference, repeating the experiment of the famous Greek mathematician, astronomer and geographer Eratosthenes.

The project is being held on the occasion of the Spring Equinox on March 20, which signals the beginning of the new season. On that day, the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. It is organized by the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS), of the National Observatory of Athens, with the cooperation of the Laboratory Centers of Natural Sciences of Serres, Pieria, Lakonia, Lesvos and Heraklion.

Eratosthenes (274BC-194BC) is best known for being the first person to calculate the circumference of the Earth, which he did by applying a measuring system using stadia, a standard unit of measure during that time period.

For more information click on the National observatory’s webpage (in Greek) here.

Source: ANA-MPA

See Also:

Thank you for contacting

Thank you for your enquiry to Villas, in partnership with ISV. Our Villa Experts will get back to you very soon with more information on your Greece villa holiday!

The contact form was not sent. Please contact us via email at [email protected]

All form fields are required.

If you want to add, edit or delete a Business page, CLICK HERE to create a Account