ancient astronomy

The Milky Way’s Role in Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Look through the names and origins of the constellations and you will soon realise that many cultures had a hand…

2 months ago

This Supernova Lit Up the Sky in 1181. Here’s What it Looks Like Now

Historical astronomical records from China and Japan recorded a supernova explosion in the year 1181. It was in the constellation…

3 months ago

One of the Oldest Astrolabes Has Both Hebrew and Arabic Markings

I always think of planispheres when I think of astrolabes! Navigators used these ancient devices (astrolabes not planispheres) to provide…

3 months ago

An Ancient Stone Found in Italy is an Accurate Map of the Night Sky

You know how some constellations take a little bit of imagination to see?  Yes, Leo looks a bit like a…

6 months ago

Ancient Coin Discovery With An Astronomical Mystery

What does the Roman coin found recently off the shores of Israel depict?

2 years ago

Ep. 529: Astronomy of the Andes – Then and Now Pt. 1

The Andes mountains in South America are a hotspot of astronomy today, but ancient peoples knew it was a great…

5 years ago

Ep. 527: Ancient Astronomy of the American Southwest

Ancient peoples had no light pollution, and they knew the night skies very well. In fact, they depends on them…

5 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout: Feb 20, 2019 – Dr. Emily Holt talks Archaeology and Ancient Astronomy

Hosts: Fraser Cain ( / @fcain) Dr. Paul M. Sutter ( / @PaulMattSutter) Dr. Kimberly Cartier ( / @AstroKimCartier )…

5 years ago

Prehistoric Cave Paintings Show That Ancient People Had Pretty Advanced Knowledge of Astronomy

According to a new study that examined ancient cave paintings and archaeological sites, it appears that prehistoric humans had a…

6 years ago

Mysterious Greek Device Found To Be Astronomical Computer

A decade of high-tech scanning has confirmed that the Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient astronomical computer.

8 years ago