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.
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
The pyramids have exerted a powerful spell on the western world. Where once they were thought to be giant granaries, astronomy has revealed their true purpose.History
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.History
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
The Greek astronomer Hipparchus discovered precession, the slow movement of the heavens, by studying Egyptian astronomical records thousands of years ago.History