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Astronomy History - Information and Facts On The History of Astronomy

Discover astronomy history. Stand on the shoulders of giants and learn from their experience. Find the information you need on astronomy history. These resources on the history of astronomy, cosmology, and other astronomical sciences. Learn the effects that astronomers have had on history. For history experts, students and anyone interested in history.
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Visual Timeline of the Universe
Scientists believe that the universe was created about 15 billion years ago in a single violent event known as the Big Bang. All the space, time, energy, and matter that constitute today's universe originated in the Big Bang. The early universe was extremely small, dense, and hot. For the first fraction of a second, only energy existed.

Pythagoras Pictures Gallery
Pythagoras, the son of Mnesarchus and Pythais, was born on the island of Samos, off the coast of Asia Minor (what is now mostly Turkey), about 569 BC. Besides his contributions to mathematics, Pythagoras was essential to the early field of astronomy. As Plato later would believe, Pythagoras felt the sphere was the perfect shape. This may have lead to his assertion that the Earth was a sphere. Unfortunately, the actual date or place of Pythagoras's death has been lost to history.

Planetary Discovery Poll - Uranus - Pluto - Xena
Planetary Discovery Poll - Considering technology and society, which discovery was a greater accomplishment? Uranus - Pluto - Xena

Beyond the DaVinci Code - The Da Vinci Glow - The Mystery of Earthshine
Most people associate Leonardo Da Vinci with the Mona Lisa or some of his fantastic inventions, many of which are just now coming into existence or, maybe, the Dan Brown Novel, The DaVinci Code. Well, here's another way to consider Leonardo Da Vinci. From now on, think of the Moon. Many of you probably have never even heard of it, but one of Leonardo's finest works is not a painting or an invention, but rather something from astronomy: He solved the ancient riddle of Earthshine.

Galileo Galilei - Words of Wisdom - Quotations By and About Galileo Galilei
Galileo Galilei - Words of Wisdom. Quotations from and about Galileo Galilei. I would say here something that was heard from an ecclesiastic of the most eminent degree; ‘That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heaven goes.’

Galileo Galilei - Resources Dealing With The Astronomer Galileo Galilei
Read about the life and work of Galileo Galilei, perhaps the greatest scientist in history, who went from genius to heretic and back again. Galileo Galilei, first used telescopes for scientific purposes, refined telescopes beyond being toys, demonstrated key points of gravity, and modernized science. Galileo Galilei - Resources Dealing With The Astronomer Galileo Galilei

The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory is the dominant scientific theory about the origin of the universe. According to the big bang theory, the universe was created sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from a cosmic explosion that hurled matter and in all directions. In 1927, the Belgian priest Georges Lemaître was the first to propose that the universe began with the explosion of a primeval atom.

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