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.

What Early Astronomers Did For Us

Early astronomers performed methodical observations of the night sky, and astronomical artefacts have been found from much earlier periods.
- 21st Oct, 2019

Did Johannes Kepler Plot the Death of Tycho Brahe?

Tycho Brahe died suddenly more than 400 years ago and there's been a mystery around if he fell victim to natural causes or was murdered.
- 25th Feb, 2019

Legacy of the Chinese Astronomers

Three thousand years ago, two great civilisations existed, both of which made major contributions to the development of astronomy.
- 21st May, 2014

History of the Newtonian Reflector

The Newtonian Reflector was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1672 and was the first to feature the revolutionary 45deg;° mirror.
- 6th Apr, 2014

The 13 Greatest Astronomers in History

Here are 13 of the greatest astronomers in history who have shaped our understanding of the known universe and created science of astronomy.
- 17th Nov, 2013

What are the Symbols used to Represent the Planets?

When astronomy was closely linked to astrology, astronomical symbols were used to represent various celestial objects including the planets.
- 20th Apr, 2013