The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

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The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy

2017

Taught by Professor Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University, this course shows how ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Chinese, and other cultures saw the sky. You learn how the Sun, Moon, and stars were their clock,...

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Bradley E. Schaefer

In This Series

Stonehenge and Archaeoastronomy
Episode 1
Stonehenge and Archaeoastronomy
The Real Stonehenge
Episode 2
The Real Stonehenge
Alignments at Maes Howe and Newgrange
Episode 3
Alignments at Maes Howe and Newgrange
Astronomy of Egypt's Great Pyramid
Episode 4
Astronomy of Egypt's Great Pyramid
Chaco Canyon and Anasazi Astronomy
Episode 5
Chaco Canyon and Anasazi Astronomy
Ancient Cosmologies and Worldviews
Episode 6
Ancient Cosmologies and Worldviews
Meteorite Worship and Start of the Iron Age
Episode 7
Meteorite Worship and Start of the Iron Age
Eclipses, Comets, and Omens
Episode 8
Eclipses, Comets, and Omens
The Star of Bethlehem
Episode 9
The Star of Bethlehem
Origins of Western Constellations
Episode 10
Origins of Western Constellations
Chinese and Other Non-Western Constellations
Episode 11
Chinese and Other Non-Western Constellations
Origins and Influence of Astrology
Episode 12
Origins and Influence of Astrology
Tracking Planet Positions and Conjunctions
Episode 13
Tracking Planet Positions and Conjunctions
Ancient Timekeeping and Calendars
Episode 14
Ancient Timekeeping and Calendars
The Lunar Crescent and the Islamic Calendar
Episode 15
The Lunar Crescent and the Islamic Calendar
Ancient Navigation: Polynesian to Viking
Episode 16
Ancient Navigation: Polynesian to Viking
Breakthroughs of Early Greek Astronomy
Episode 17
Breakthroughs of Early Greek Astronomy
The Genius of Hipparchus
Episode 18
The Genius of Hipparchus
Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism
Episode 19
Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism
How the Antikythera Mechanism Worked
Episode 20
How the Antikythera Mechanism Worked
Achievements and Legacy of Ptolemy
Episode 21
Achievements and Legacy of Ptolemy
Star Catalogs from around the World
Episode 22
Star Catalogs from around the World
How Ancient Astronomy Ended
Episode 23
How Ancient Astronomy Ended
Ancient Astronomy and Modern Astrophysics
Episode 24
Ancient Astronomy and Modern Astrophysics