History of astronomy
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, cosmological, calendrical, and astrological beliefs and practices of pre-his...
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Coating operation of an 8 meter telescope mirror at Paranal
Timelapse movie that shows the full mirror coating sequence of a large telescope mirror at ESO's Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal in Chile. The movie compresses an 8 day operation into 12 minutes...
Inside the Race to See the Edge of the Universe
We're in the middle of a billion dollar telescope building boom, with new ground based observatories racing to see first light in the 2020s. Follow Focal Point for more stories like this!
Earth's largest telescope
Earth’s largest telescope is currently being constructed, which may allow us to see far-off alien worlds.
Making of the Giant Magellan Telescope - The world's largest telescope
100 years ago, scientists thought the Milky Way was the entire universe. Imagine what we can learn from this telescope in a Chilean desert.
FBI Shares Statistics: Which Zodiac Signs Are Most Dangerous?
The FBI shared the birth dates of serial killers and people who show psychopathic tendencies. And as you can imagine, statistics can show which star sign is more inclined to which types of crimes.
The Race To See The Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy
We've never observed a black hole directly, but with a wild collection of telescopes, these astronomers are determined to be the first. What Can Giant Telesc...
The biggest explosions in the Universe
These bursts are a million times brighter than entire galaxies
It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe
The sheer scale of the cosmos is hard to imagine, and even harder to put an accurate figure on. But thanks to some ingenious physics we now have a good idea of just how big it is
Was Antikythera Mechanism A 2,100-Year-Old Computer?
An ancient device thought to predict astronomical events may have been a computer built 21 centuries ago. Why did ancient Greeks build this machine?
Zarathushtra-The Revolutionary Iranian Prophet And First Philosopher In History
There was a time when the philosophy of oneness, one entity and one universal power emerged out of the polytheistic teachings.
Zap! This Awesome Laser-Armed Telescope Is Fully Operational
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile has an awesome new four-laser guide star to aid the observatory's adaptive optics system.
4977 BC Universe Is Created, According To Kepler - April 27
On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories expla...
Are We Living in a Black Hole?
Some astrophysicists think our universe owes its origin to a monster black hole, wherein we reside today.
The Growing Evidence for Astrological Influence… A Research Revolution
Big Data has been very good to Astrology. A growing body of research across a range of disciplines encourages at least the begrudging acknowledgement that living systems do indeed evolve in response ...
'Planet Nine' May Exist: New Evidence for Another World in Our Solar System
Scientists have found evidence of a true ninth planet in our solar system. Nicknamed "Planet Nine," the real-life Planet X appears to have the mass of 10 Earths and is 20 times farther from the sun th...
Archaeoastronomy
Archaeoastronomy (also spelled archeoastronomy) is the study of how people in the past "have understood the phenomena in the sky, how they used these phenomena and what role the sky played in their cu...
Archaeoastronomy - Wikipedia
Antikythera mechanism
The Antikythera mechanism (/ˌæntɨkɨˈθɪərə/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-ə or /ˌæntɨˈkɪθərə/ ANT-i-KITH-ə-rə) is an ancient analog computer designed to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendrical and...
Antikythera mechanism - Wikipedia
History of the telescope
The earliest known working telescopes appeared in 1608 and are credited to Hans Lippershey. Among many others who claimed to have made the discovery were Zacharias Janssen, a spectacle-maker in Middel...
History of the telescope - Wikipedia
Pretelescopic astronomy
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, cosmological, calendrical, and astrological beliefs and practices of pre-his...
Pretelescopic astronomy - Wikipedia
History of astrology
Astrological beliefs in correspondences between celestial observations and terrestrial events have influenced various aspects of human history, including world-views, language and many elements of soc...
History of astrology - Wikipedia
Islamic astronomy
Islamic astronomy comprises the astronomical developments made in the Islamic world, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age (8th–15th centuries), and mostly written in the Arabic language. These d...
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Chinese astronomy
Astronomy in China has a very long history, with historians indicating that they [the Chinese] were the most persistent and accurate observers of celestial phenomena anywhere in the world before the A...
Chinese astronomy - Wikipedia
Hindu astronomy
From pre-historic to modern times, Indian astronomy continues to play an integral role. Some of the earliest roots of Indian astronomy can be dated to the period of Indus Valley Civilization or earlie...
Hindu astronomy - Wikipedia
Geocentric model
In astronomy, the Geocentric Model (also known as geocentrism, or the Ptolemaic system) is a description of the cosmos where Earth is at the orbital center of all celestial bodies. This model served a...
Geocentric model - Wikipedia