Lecture Summary 3

Lecture Summary 3 - Reminders: Astrology Expt. due in...

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Reminders: Astrology Expt. due in discussion Sept. 21 or 22. Requires 4 days! Alignments of buildings and solstices and/or equinox marker monuments demonstrate that ancient people knew some astronomy. Archeoastronomers try to reconstruct the astronomy of ancient civilizations based on alignments and when possible written records. Early civilizations demonstrated an understanding of seasons and constructed calendars using solstices/equinoxes, star positions, or the lunar cycle. A video showed featured some alignments of buildings and solstices and/or equinox marker monuments. Early civilizations demonstrated an understanding of seasons and constructed calendars using solstices/equinoxes, star positions, or the lunar cycle. The raising of stone markers (like Stonehenge) demonstrates these abilities. Pyramids in Egypt and the Americas are oriented precisely to locations in the heavens. The ability to predict eclipses seems to appear independently in the eastern (China [2700 years ago]; Babylon, Greece and India about 100 yrs later) and western hemispheres (Mayas [1500 years ago]). A video was shown and a white handout summarized the findings. Greek science flourished in the Mediterranean region from 600 BC to 300 AD. It is
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