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An ancient Mayan Copernicus

For more than 120 years the Venus Table of the Dresden Codex—an ancient Mayan book containing astronomical data—has been of great interest to scholars around the world. The accuracy of its observations, especially the ...

dateAug 16, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Late summer tales of Tanabata

One of the surest signs that late summer is here in the northern hemisphere is the arrival of the Milky Way in the early evening sky. As darkness falls ever earlier each night, the star-dappled plane of our home galaxy sits ...

dateAug 19, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Ancient Egyptians described Algol's eclipses

The Ancient Egyptian papyrus Cairo 86637 calendar is the oldest preserved historical document of naked eye observations of a variable star, the eclipsing binary Algol - a manifestation of Horus, a god and a king. This calendar ...

dateDec 17, 2015 in Space Exploration
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