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Arcturus – One of the Brightest Stars in the Night Sky

By |2020-02-15T02:33:51+03:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

Arcturus is the brightest star in the constellation of Boötes, the fourth-brightest in the night sky, and the brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere. Together with Spica and Denebola (or Regulus, depending on the source), Arcturus is part of the Spring Triangle asterism and, by [...]

Ophiuchus Constellation Location, History, and Mythology

By |2019-12-09T01:14:46+03:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ophiuchus is a large constellation straddling the celestial equator. Its name is from the Greek Ophioukhos; "serpent-bearer", and it is commonly represented as a man grasping a snake. The serpent is represented by the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus was one of the 48 constellations listed by [...]

Canopus: The Second-Brightest Star in the Night Sky

By |2019-11-28T01:56:26+03:00November 28th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , |

Canopus is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina and is located near the western edge of the constellation around 310 light-years from the Sun. Its proper name is generally considered to originate from the mythological Canopus, who was a navigator for Menelaus, [...]

The Almagest: A Mathematical and Astronomical Treatise

By |2019-08-24T03:43:51+03:00August 24th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Almagest is a 2nd-century Greek-language mathematical and astronomical treatise on the apparent motions of the stars and planetary paths, written by Claudius Ptolemy. The Almagest is of the most influential scientific texts of all time, it canonized a geocentric model of the Universe that [...]

An Introduction to Islamic Astronomy

By |2019-08-16T17:27:06+03:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Islamic astronomy comprises the astronomical developments made in the Islamic world, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age (9th–13th centuries), and mostly written in the Arabic language. These developments mostly took place in the Middle East, Central Asia, Al-Andalus, and North Africa, and later in the [...]

What is a Medicine Wheel?

By |2019-07-13T03:19:00+03:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

In some Native American cultures, the medicine wheel is a metaphor for a variety of spiritual concepts. A medicine wheel may also be a stone monument that illustrates this metaphor. Historically, the monuments were constructed by laying stones in a particular pattern on the ground-oriented [...]

An Introduction to Hellenistic Astrology

By |2019-06-14T14:17:32+03:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hellenistic astrology is a tradition of horoscopic astrology that was developed and practiced in the late Hellenistic period in and around the Mediterranean region, especially in Egypt. The texts and technical terminology of this tradition of astrology were largely written in Greek (or sometimes Latin). [...]

Andromeda Constellation History and Mythology

By |2019-06-09T02:13:37+03:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Andromeda is one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century Greco-Roman astronomer Ptolemy and remains one of the 88 modern constellations. Located north of the celestial equator, it is named for Andromeda, daughter of Cassiopeia, in the Greek myth, who was chained to a [...]