If you have a passion for looking at the stars, telescopes, Hubble, the universe and this thing we call “astronomy” then you are far from alone. Of course, we know that astronomy is a respected science that produced some surprising results in the twentieth century. Plus, it’s a thriving area of magic and one of the most exciting hobby areas with thousands of astronomy clubs and tens of thousands of amateur astronomers watching the stars every night just like we do.
But did you know that astronomy is one of the oldest and most respected sciences of all? As early as the days of Christ, the sages and thinkers of the societies of that time looked at the stars and found ways to trace and draw them. Those of us who enjoy the hobby of astronomy can paint a proud history of astronomers that dates back thousands of years and across nearly every culture of civilization. So, for some really cool trivia to shoot around the astronomy club next week, let’s highlight some great moments in astronomy history.
For many centuries astronomy was not distinguished from the practice of astrology. For clarity, astronomy is the study of stars, planets and the universe with a clear scientific approach. Astrology is the study of the signs of the zodiac and how they affect our growth, our personality and our daily life. In the modern era, we scientists exclude the astronomical aspect and focus on celestial astronomy. But they were a study for thousands of years before the age of science separated them.
There is historical evidence that astronomy was a science long ago recognized in the Babylonian civilization hundreds of years before Christ. But the study of the stars was not limited to one country. There have been similar movements in China, India, Ancient Egypt and throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The fusion of astronomy and religion is so pervasive that we see it in the Christmas story in which the priesthood followed the Zoroastrian Magi, probably from the equivalent of ancient Syria as the star of the Christ Child. These astronomers were also astrologers and it was this blend that led them to be part of this historical event.
Ptolemy wrote the first book on astronomy during the time of the Greek Empire. Since that historical publication, the list of great astronomers traces a direct path through the center of modern science including Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, Jung, Michael Angelo, Benjamin Franklin, and most recently Einstein and Stephen Hawking as well. will join the Noble List. It seems that from the Renaissance to the present day, any man or woman has been involved in astronomy at least to some extent, and has always been considered a sign of knowledge of the knowledge of the universe and astronomical things.
Astronomy has impacted so many areas of our life that we are not really aware of it. Many words in our language have their roots in astronomy such as …
* Influence comes from the Latin word for effect. This reflected an early belief that the position of the moon and stars could affect health and cause or cure disease.
* Catastrophe, derived from Latin, which means “bad star”.
* Lunatic, which contains the root of the word “Moon”, which is the Latin word for moon. This highlights the widespread belief today that irrational behavior and even wild and dangerous things occur during the full moon.
Astronomy and its interrelation with astrology have also greatly influenced culture, education and religion over the centuries. In English, the first two days or our week, Sunday and Monday, refer to astronomy as their literal interpretations would be “the day of the sun” and “the day of the moon”.
So if you find that astronomy has become a consummate passion in your thoughts and what excites you about the world we live in, then you are in great company because this field of study has been an important part of culture and thought almost from the very beginning. of civilization. And it will continue to dazzle humanity as long as those beautiful stars shine above our heads.