History

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 prehistory. We look at some of these ancient texts and the greatest astronomers in history.

21Oct2019

Astronomers of early civilisations performed methodical observations of the night sky, and astronomical artefacts have been found from much earlier periods. We take a look at some of the famous astronomers and scientific breakthrough throughout history.

History
What Early Astronomers Did For Us
27May2019

The pyramids have exerted a powerful spell on the western world. Where once they were thought to be giant granaries, can astronomy explain why Egyptians built the Pyramids?

History
Can Astronomy Explain Why Egyptians Built the Pyramids?
15Apr2019

On his travels in Egypt, Herodotus recounted a story of Egyptian sailors who witnessed sunrise to the north, thus proving they were in the southern seas.

History
Do Herodotu's Logs Show Who First Rounded Africa?
25Feb2019

Ever since Tycho Brahe died suddenly more than 400 years ago, there has been a mystery about whether the Dane whose observations laid the groundwork for modern astronomy fell victim to natural causes or was murdered.

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Did Johannes Kepler Plot the Death of Tycho Brahe?
04Nov2018

In a world where each city had its own calendar, the Greeks looked to the stars to ensure they did not miss Apollo's birthday, an important festival.

History
How did the Stars Point the Way to Delphi's Oracle?
30Oct2018

The Greek astronomer Hipparchus discovered precession, the slow movement of the heavens, by studying Egyptian astronomical records thousands of years ago.

History
Why Did Sirius No Longer Herald Floods of the Nile?
09Oct2018

Although Stonehenge appears to have astronomical alignments, historians now shy away from saying what its builders intended.

History
Was Stonehenge a Neolithic Observatory?
21May2014

Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.

History
Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers
06Apr2014

The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45° mirror.

History
History of the Newtonian Reflector
17Nov2013

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.

History
The Greatest Astronomers