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Astronomy

Astronomy, the oldest of all the sciences, seeks to describe the structure, movements and processes of celestial bodies.

Some of the most ancient ruins of early civilization provide evidence that our most remote ancestors observed and attempted to understand the workings of the cosmos. Although not always fully understood, these ancient ruins demonstrate that early man attempted to mark the progression of the seasons as related to the changing of the apparent changing positions of the Sun, stars, planets and Moon on the celestial sphere. Archaeologists speculate that such observations made more reliable the determination of times for planting and harvest in developing agrarian communities and cultures.

The regularity of the heavens also profoundly affected the development of indigenous religious beliefs and cultural practices. For example, according to Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) the Earth occupied the center of the Cosmos, and the Sun and planets orbited the Earth...

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