Astrology and Astronomy
Study of the stars and planets, which in the Middle Ages was both science and philosophy
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-06-06 11:22
On June 6, 1178, a group of monks in Canterbury reported seeing "two hours of light" on the shadowed part of the moon.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-04-30 12:47
The brightest supernova seen in historical times appeared on April 30, 1006.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-04-24 09:17
On April 24, 1066, Halley's Comet appeared in the skies over an already unsettled England.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2006-03-25 17:52
Archaeologists excavating a crypt beneath a 14th century cathedral in Frombork, Poland, believe they may have found the skull of the revolutionary astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Submitted by Aoife on Fri, 2006-01-27 08:15
Dame Aoife brings us a veritable galaxy of links this week, concerning astronomy not only as a natural science but also as a medieval navigation and timekeeping aid.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-01-03 14:30
15th century Venetian sailor Michael of Rhodes is the subject of a website which chronicles his works on astrology, navigation and calendrical computations.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-12-30 16:32
A new book by University of Victoria mathematician Florin Diacu, Lost Millennium: History's Timetables Under Siege, explores the time theories of Russian mathematician Anatoli Fomenko and determines that the year is really 963.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-12-10 12:18
How did our ancestors keep track of time before clocks, wristwatches and cellphones? They used daymarks.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2005-11-18 18:02
Archaeologists believe that they have found the grave of 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus including a skull and partial remains.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2005-08-30 13:42
On the Cranky Professor blog, Michael Thinkler invites ancient and medieval historians to share information on their latest research projects and ideas.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-08-14 08:56
In an article for Science & Theology News, columnist Carolyn Moynihan discusses the facts and myths of scientific thought in the medieval world.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-06-12 08:25
A study by archaeometallurgists has determined that 17th century brass astrolabes constructed by Indian artisans were centuries ahead of their European counterparts.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2005-04-21 16:17
Lord Roibeard O'Connor of the Kingdom of Northshield is working on a scientific history project for his graduate degree and would like some help with alchemy processes and procedures.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2005-03-26 16:24
Research on lenses discovered at a Viking archaeological dig on the island of Gotland provides evidence that the Norse may have had sophisticated navigational instruments as early as the 11th century.
Submitted by Justin on Sun, 2005-03-20 13:55
Aoife is just in time this week, with an Aoife's Links edition devoted to Spring Equinox rituals and customs and other celebrations of the season.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2005-03-17 14:43
The Medieval Science Page is a comprehensive directory of cataloged links to resources about general science in the Middle Ages. Topics include alchemy, navigation, mathematics, medicine, botany, timekeeping (horology), weights and measures (metrology), physics, and many others.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2005-02-20 16:40
A 17th century French coin seems to depict a "flying saucer over a countryside," but what was intended to be portrayed remains a mystery.
Submitted by ianuk on Tue, 2005-01-18 08:31
HL Mikhail Andreyevich Putnikov called Misha has been making history. In the modern world, Misha is Mike Bushroe, an engineer working through the University of Arizona on the Huygens Probe that landed on the moon, Titan.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2004-02-09 15:44
In 1391, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a treatise on how to use an astrolabe. A transcription of the work is now available online, which sparked a discussion of navigational instruments on the Lochac list.
Submitted by Aoife on Fri, 2003-03-07 15:31
Aoife shares her annotated list of links on medieval astrology.