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History of Astronomy

The History of Astronomy from its origins in the religious, mythological, and astrological practices of prehistory through to modern astronomy.

Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers
21/05/2014History of Astronomy
Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.
The Greatest Astronomers
17/11/2013History of Astronomy
Ever since the dawn of humankind we have looked out upon the cosmos in awe of the glory of the heavens above. Here we list some of the greatest astronomers who have shaped our understanding of the known universe.
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.Henry Ford
Flat Earthers
04/08/2008History of Astronomy
Flat Earthers are the people who still don't believe that the earth's round, despite all the available evidence to the contrary.
The Magnitude Scale
One of the fundamental concepts in astronomy is that of the Magnitude Scale. You cannot get far in astronomy without hearing a reference; even on the television weather forecast when clear skies are predicted. In this article we will look at the Magnitude Scale and what it means to you.
How far away is the Moon?
19/03/2008History of Astronomy
How far away is the Moon? Hipparchus first calculated the distance in 190BC using a simple method using trigonometry and was accurate to 1,000km!
How Large is the Earth?
19/03/2008History of Astronomy
How large is the Earth, and how do we know that? It was the Greek mathematician and astronomer Eratosthenes who first calculated the size of the Earth, and he did it in 200 BC with a stick!