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'Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi

'Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi was a Persian astronomer who lived during the 10th century. He was the first person to observe the Andromeda galaxy, our closest neighbor, and called it "little cloud".

Al-Sufi's book on stars was translated into many languages and had a big influence on European astronomy.


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