Introduction to Astronomy and Motions of the Sk1

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Astronomy and Motions of the Sky In the old days, and I don't mean 1974 by "old," before the invention of such annoying things as digital watches, cell phones and other modern bits of technology, people's lives depended upon the sky. Remember, most people in the old days were not formally educated, so they might not have been able to understand a clock or a calendar (reading was generally only for the rich and wealthy, and those who worked for them). Most people lived in an agriculturally based society - not too different from Iowa, but even more rustic. What does that have to with astronomy? In those days, it was important to know when to do things - remember, most of the people wouldn't know a calendar from a hole in the ground - well, maybe they would if they fell in the hole, but you know what I mean. Any ways, it was important for the people to know when to do the things that were vital for their existence. Since most people were farmers, they needed to know when to that were vital for their existence....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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