Introduction To Astronomy – A Brief History In Time

Astronomy – The Most Ancient Of Sciences

Since the history of time humanity has long gazed towards the heavens, seeking meaning and order to the universe surrounding him. The motion of constellations, patterns imprinted on the night sky, were the simplest to track, other celestial occasions such as eclipses and the movement of the planets in our solar system were also charted and predicted. Astronomy helped early mankind to determine the changes in seasons and later helped the great explorers.

ancient astronomyIn definition Astronomy is the study of the sun, moon, stars, worlds, comets, gas, galaxies, gas, dust and other non-Earthly bodies and phenomena. NASA defines astronomy as basic “the research study of stars, planets and space.” Astronomy and astrology were once historically associated when the ancients strongly believed that the heavens determined each individual’s fate. However, astrology is not a science and is not acknowledged as having anything to do with astronomy.

Astronomy Goes back To Ancient Sumerian Times

Early astronomers observed patterns in the sky and recorded them in order to track and anticipate their motion. Known as constellations, these patterns assisted our ancestors to measure the seasons, track rainy periods, dry spells and ocean tides. The motion of the stars and other heavenly bodies was tracked around the globe, but prevailed in China from which came our zodiac signs, Egypt in ancient paintings and murals depicting their gods as constellations, Greece who’s mythology gave birth to the names of our constellations, Mesopotamia where civilization began over 10,000 years back, Central America in Mayan and Incan culture, and India in the sacred Vedas books.

Astrometry, the most ancient branch of astronomy, is the observation of the sun, moon, and planets. The precise calculations of these motions enable astronomers in other fields to model the birth and development of worlds and stars and to predict events such as eclipses, meteor showers, and the appearance of comets.

Modern astronomers have the tendency to fall into two fields: the theoretical and the observational. Observational astronomers in the observational field concentrate on direct study of stars, planets, galaxies, and so forth. Theoretical astronomers model and examine how systems may have progressed.

Unlike many other fields of science, astronomers are not able to observe a system entirely from birth to death; the life of worlds, stars, and galaxies cover millions to billions of years. As such, astronomers should depend on photos of bodies in numerous stages of evolution to determine how they formed, developed, and died. Hence, theoretical and observational astronomy tend to blend together, as theoretical researchers use the information gathered to produce simulations while the observations serve to validate the models or to show the need for tweaking them.

The Research Of Astronomy Covers Many Scientific Areas

Astronomy is broken down into a variety of subfields, allowing scientists to focus on certain things and phenomena. Planetary astronomers, for instance, focus on the development and death of worlds, while solar astronomers invest their time assessing a single star, our sun. Stellar astronomers turn their eyes to the stars, including the great voids, nebulae, white dwarfs, and supernova that endure outstanding deaths.

Galactic astronomers study our galaxy, the Milky Way while extragalactic astronomers peer outside of it to determine how these collections of stars form, alter, and pass away. Cosmologists focus on deep space in its entirety, from its violent birth in the Big Bang to its present evolution, all the method to its ultimate death. Astronomy is typically (not always) about really concrete, observable things, whereas cosmology generally includes massive buildings of deep space and esoteric, undetectable and in some cases purely theoretical things like string theory, dark matter and dark energy, and the idea of several universes.

Huge observatories rely on different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum (from radio waves to noticeable light and on approximately X-rays and gamma rays) to study the large period of things in deep space. The very first telescopes focused on simple optical reaches of what might be seen with the naked eye, and numerous telescopes continue that today.

As light waves end up being more or less energetic, they move much faster or slower. Various telescopes are necessary to study the different wavelengths. More energetic radiation, with shorter wavelengths, appears through ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths while less energetic objects give off longer-wavelength infrared and radio waves.


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