Astronomy, considered to be
the oldest of the physical sciences, is believed first developed to satisfy manís
need for recording time over the long term. By plotting the movement of the stars, sun, and
moon proper seasons and time periods could be recorded and predicted.
Navigation also learned the value of astronomy.
Following the orthodox view of history all this occurred in order of a timeline with the first big breakthrough coming with Galileo Galilei, (1564-1642). He was the first to use the telescope in astronomical observation and discovered craters on the moon, the true nature of planets, and the details of the sun. He also contradicted the ancient belief of the perfection of the heavens and found himself the target of the Inquisition. He was eventually forced to deny the truths he had discovered.
The ancient civilizations from all that science reveals knew only the basics. There is a sun, the moon, and stars hat move with regularity through the sky. They did not know they were on a planet, orbiting a sun, which itself is a star. They knew nothing about the other planets and only what the human eye could detect about the moon.
But were ancient civilizations as ignorant as the experts would have us believe? Did the ancients know considerably more and how did they learn it? Were they visited by beings who taught them what we only discovered in modern times? Or did all that knowledge just miraculously appear, then disappear?
The Great Pyramid and Star Catcher at Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Giza complex itself display a knowledge of astronomy not even possessed by the culture to which it's construction is attributed.
Great Pyramid At Giza - Star Alignment
The Great Pyramid - Symbolism Summary
Star Shafts in the Great Pyramid
Star Hopping in the Great Pyramid
Light box tombs
One of about 900 megalithic circles in the British Isles
Sir J. Norman Lockyer's Stonehenge Alignments
Was Stonehenge a Stellar Observatory
Tombs from primitive cultures are accurately aligned to capture the light from the Sun and the Moon.
The Crantit Light Box Tomb and Here
Maeshowe and the Winter Solstice
The Newgrange Neolithic Complex in Ireland
Light box tombs
Stone circles are found all over the world but are heavily concentrated by the thousands in Europe.
Callanish: Stonehenge of the North
Alastair's Stone Circle Pages
Stone Circles of The Gambia
British Stone Circles
Stone Circles and Cairns of Scotland
North American Ancient Astronomy
Astronomical knowledge was an integral part of the ancient cultures of North America.
The study of ancient astronomical knowledge and practice in ancient cultures.
Stone circles that have astonishing alignments
Galileo was not the first.
This "primitive" tribe had star knowledge only telescopes could detect.
World Star Knowledge
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A Guide to This Site
What's here and how to get there.
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