Astrology and Astronomy
Study of the stars and planets, which in the Middle Ages was both science and philosophy
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-17 12:51
It's only fitting that Mars, the Roman god of war, would be the subject of NASA's first official venture into the world of Latin social media with photos of the surface of the planet taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Latin captions were sent August 28, 2013 on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 11:17
A grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies has financed a new working group at the university on medieval cosmology. Three scholars, Benjamin Anderson, Courtney Roby and Andrew Hicks, will bring the concept to the campus through a seminar and a series of lectures beginning in September and ending in November 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-09-02 12:16
Ved Chirayath, an aeronautics graduate student at Stanford University, was looking for an unusual photo shoot when he connected NASA's Ames Research Center with a local group of Viking re-enactors. The results were amazing photos... and an investigation by a member of the United States Senate.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-07-21 01:49
In a new study in the Proceedings of The Royal Society A, researcher Balázs Bernáth and his team propose that Viking-era sun compasses, whose "lines don't quite match scientists' interpretations," may have had another purpose: calculating latitude. (photo, diagram)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-04-20 14:40
Nicolaus Copernicus was honored recently when Google recognized the 450th anniversary of the scientists's birth with a Google Doodle. The Christian Science Monitor followed with a article which looks at the career of the Polish astronomer.
Submitted by East Kingdom Gazette on Thu, 2013-04-18 08:19
On April 13 in the Barony of Carillion in the East Kingdom, the world ended and the dead walked during the leading up to the Coronation of Gregor IV and Kiena II.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-12-05 15:44
For over 400 years, rumours have surrounded the death of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, including one which suggested that Brahe was murdered using mercury by his assistant Johannes Kepler. Now, after two years, evidence from the scientist's exhumed body disproves the theory.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-10-23 12:07
In a story fit for an Indiana Jones movie, a statue carved by the Bon people of Tibet in the 11th century and excavated by Nazis in the 1930s has been found to be carved from a meteorite that fell to earth between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago.
Submitted by Galen_of_Ockham on Mon, 2012-04-02 09:05
If you look at a medieval calendar, you'll see a column containing a seemingly random series of Roman numerals. These actually represent the dates of new moons. Like many things in the early calendar, the values are based on a theoretical value rather than the actual astronomical event.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-12-08 19:28
In the 1970s, children playing in the shed of a Queensland, Australia cattle station happened upon a brass quadrant marked with the badge of King Richard II. Now the instrument is scheduled to be auctioned with an estimated price tag of US$233,000-$311,000. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-11-22 15:08
According to Hrafns Saga in the 13th century, the mighty king used a sunstone to navigate in cloudy weather. This is one of several texts that list such artifacts as among the legendary Norse seafaring abilities. New research suggests that the sunstone may be a real navigational tool.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-07-28 16:42
On April 20-21, 2012, Plymouth State University in central New Hampshire, will host the 33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. The Forum is now accepting abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-05-11 08:25
John Lippiett, chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, is sending a piece of history into space: "a parrel, a three-inch wooden ball used as part of the mechanism to hoist the sails of Henry VIII's flagship." The artifact will be launched into orbit with the space shuttle Endeavour. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-04-22 18:23
On March 30, 2011, the world's oldest printed star charts, created by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, were auctioned by Sotheby's auction house in London. The woodcuts were first printed in 1515. (photo)
Submitted by Justin on Fri, 2011-01-07 07:51
Two thousand years ago, the Greeks built a mechanical computer to calculate eclipse dates with surprising accuracy. A modern-day historian has created a working replica of the device using Lego Technic building blocks.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-12-28 12:43
Aarhus University has created an extensive website covering the 2010 opening of the tomb of 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The site includes photos and video about the project.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-12-22 07:34
The modern meets the medieval when software designer Tom Wujec explains the astrolabe. The video is available to view on the blog Ted Talks. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-11-05 10:42
Russian archaeologist Andrey Belinskiy believes he has discovered a "Caucasian Stonehenge" built by a Bronze Age civilization around 1600 BCE. The well-preserved ruins are located in the North Caucasus mountains.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-10-30 15:29
Archaeologists from the Alamut Castle Research Center in Iran believe they might have discovered the 13th century observatory of polymath Khawja Nasir ad-Din Tusi, who accepted the position of scientific advisor to the Mongols in 1256.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-08-05 15:33
Two of Galileo's fingers were discovered during rennovations at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. The remains are currently on display along with Galileo's famous telescope.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-05-24 10:57
A November exhumation is planned to try to discover the true cause of Tycho Brahe's death. Since a 1901 analysis discovered mercury in a sample of his beard, some have believed the astronomer, "more famous in death than he ever was in life," was murdered.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-04-18 11:27
Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia believes that Leonardo da Vinci worked out a code predicting the world to end on November 1, 4006.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-12-04 08:25
Author and software designer Tom Wujec takes a step back in time to discuss the medieval astrolabe. The video and transcript of the discussion is available on the TED website.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-10 14:24
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, will present Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works through January 3, 2010. The exhibit will showcase "some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-23 07:41
For centuries, John Dee, royal wizard to Queen Elizabeth I, has gotten a bad rap. Now a group of scholars wants to restore his image by showcasing his accomplishments. The group met in September, 2009 in Cambridge for a two-day conference.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-08-23 17:41
Feeling the need to navigate by the stars -- with the help of your cell phone? Then the Astrolabe for the iPhone™ is just the applet for you!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-08-07 07:05
After two centuries, scientists believe that they have found the final resting place of Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy. They also believe he had blue eyes.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2009-07-22 07:48
Professor David Jamieson, Head of the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, says examination of the notebooks of Galileo reveal that the Italian scientist probably discovered Neptune over 200 years before its officially-listed discovery date.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2009-05-07 06:57
Galileo Galilei was not the first to make a telescope, nor the first to use it to observe the heavens, but his observations of the moon and stars are widely regarded as a seminal event in the history of astronomy and religion.
Submitted by ariannawyn on Wed, 2009-04-29 12:07
Attention all choristers! You are cordially invited to join the Known World Choir at Pennsic 38, also known as the Pennsic Choir.