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Crescent Shape Symbolism and History

By |2019-12-31T16:44:18+03:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Knowledge|Tags: , , , , |

A crescent shape is a symbol or emblem used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter (the "sickle moon"), or by extension a symbol representing the Moon itself. Crescent is used as the astrological symbol for the Moon, and hence as the alchemical [...]

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, [...]

Orion’s Belt: An Asterism in the Constellation of Orion

By |2019-11-24T01:48:11+03:00November 24th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

Orion's Belt or the Belt of Orion, also known as the Three Kings or Three Sisters, is an asterism in the constellation Orion. It consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Looking for Orion's Belt in the night sky is the easiest [...]

Helix Nebula – The Eye of God

By |2019-10-29T17:09:38+03:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , |

The Helix Nebula, also known as NGC 7293, is a planetary nebula located in the constellation Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, Helix Nebula is one of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae. The distance, measured by [...]

What is a Quark Star?

By |2019-09-16T02:49:24+03:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Knowledge|Tags: , , , , , , |

A quark star is a type of compact exotic star, where extremely high temperature and pressure has forced nuclear particles to form quark matter, a continuous state of matter consisting of free quarks. It is well known, both theoretically and observationally, that some massive stars [...]

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 [...]

Viracocha: A Creator Deity in the Pre-Inca and Inca Mythology

By |2019-07-19T03:14:13+03:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Viracocha is the great creator deity in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America. Viracocha was one of the most important deities in the Inca pantheon and seen as the creator of all things, or the substance from which all [...]