History of Astronomy


History of Astronomy

If you have the passion to look at stars, telescopes, Hubble, and the universe, and we call this "astronomy", you are far from alone. Of course, we know that astronomy is a highly respected science that has produced some of the most amazing achievements of the 20th century. On top of that, it's a very interesting area and one of the most interesting hobby areas with thousands of astronomical clubs and tens of thousands of amateur astronomers who watch stars every night like we do.

History of Astronomy
History of Astronomy

But did you know that astronomy is one of the oldest and most respected sciences among them? As long as before the time of Christ, people who were wise and thought of society at that time saw stars and found ways to track and map them. We who like astronomy hobbies can map the proud history of astronomers who track throughout the millennium and through almost every culture in civilization. So in order to have some really good things to throw at the astronomy club next week, let's highlight some of the great moments in the history of astronomy.

For centuries astronomy was no different from astrological practice. For clarity, astronomy is the study of stars, planets, and the universe with a clear scientific approach. Astrology is the study of zodiac signs and how they affect our growth, our personality and our daily lives. In modern times, we as science people discount the astrological side and focus on celestial astronomy. But they are a study for thousands of years before the age of science made them separate.

There is historical evidence that astronomy is a science recognized as far as Babylonian civilization hundreds of years before Christ. But the study of stars is not limited to one country. There were similar movements that took place in China, India, and Ancient Egypt and throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The integration of astronomy and religion is so prevalent that we see it in the story of Christmas where the Magi, the Zoroastrian priesthood may be from the equivalent of ancient Syria, following the star to the child of Christ. These astronomers are also astrologers and mixtures that lead them to be part of this historic event.

The first book on astronomy was written by Ptolemy during the Greek empire. Since that historic publication, who lists the great astronomers mapping the right path through the centers of modern science including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Sir Issac Newton, Jung, Michelangelo, Benjamin Franklin, and recently even Einstein and Stephen Hawking will join the list your Honour. It seems that from the renaissance to this day, almost every man or woman involved in astronomy is at least somewhat and it is always considered a sign that is learned to know about the universe and astronomy.

Astronomy has had an impact on many areas of our lives that we really don't know. Many words in our language have roots in astronomy like ...

  • Influenza which comes from the Latin root for influence. This reflects the initial belief that the position of the moon and stars can affect health and cause or cure disease.
  • Disasters that come from Latin for "bad star".
  • Lunatic which has the root word "Luna" in it which is the Latin word for month. This highlights a long-held belief that is even prevalent today that irrational behavior and even wild and dangerous things occur during the full moon.

Astronomy and its association with astrology have also influenced culture, education and religion at a very large level for centuries. In English, the first two days or our week, Sunday and Monday are references to astronomy as their literal interpretations of "The Day of the Sun" and "The Day of the Moon."

So, if you have found astronomy to be a consuming passion in your mind and what fascinates you about the world we live in, you are in a big company because this field of study has been a major part of culture and thought since the dawn of civilization. And that will continue to fascinate humanity as long as the beautiful stars shine above our heads.

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