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Ch 1: History of Astronomy Basics

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Use this chapter to review the history of astronomy for online test preparation, homework help or independent learning. The chapter includes expertly taught lessons and self-assessments that can be accessed whenever you have free time to study astronomy's history.

History of Astronomy Basics - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review fun video lessons that outline the history of astronomy. As you work through these lessons, you'll take a look at the ancient study of astronomy and the field's development over time. You'll also examine various models of the universe, as well as the impact of the world's most significant astronomers. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the ancient and modern scientific studies of astronomy
  • Explain the name origins of several constellations
  • Compare the lunar, Julian and Gregorian calendars
  • Assess the connections between astronomical objects and the days of the week
  • Differentiate between the geocentric, heliocentric and Ptolemaic universe models
  • Explain the significance of the Copernican Revolution
  • Evaluate the contributions of Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton

In addition to the lessons, the chapter includes plenty of quizzes that go over important astronomical terms and concepts. Take the chapter exam when you're finished with the lessons, and if you need any extra help with the chapter topics, simply submit your questions to our astronomy experts online. For your convenience, we've made these study resources available 24/7 and accessible on any device that has an Internet connection.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: History of Astronomy Basics
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The Scientific Field of Astronomy

1. The Scientific Field of Astronomy

Space is a large and exciting place, full of things we have yet to discover. Astronomy aims to uncover the mysteries of space, something people have been fascinated with as long as they have been on Earth.

The Ancient Study of Astronomy

2. The Ancient Study of Astronomy

This lesson will teach you about three important cultures and civilizations that contributed much to our understanding of astronomy. They include the Babylonians, Maya, and Greeks.

The Constellations: Definition & Name Origins

3. The Constellations: Definition & Name Origins

This lesson will teach you about ancient constellations and how they came to be. We'll define modern constellations and learn why they're important. You'll also learn about the differences between a constellation and an asterism.

The Lunar Calendar & Metonic Cycle

4. The Lunar Calendar & Metonic Cycle

This lesson will discuss the lunar calendar, luni-solar calendar, the Metonic cycle, and how they relate to keeping time in the ancient world and even some calendars today.

The Connection Between the Seven Days of the Week & Astronomical Objects

5. The Connection Between the Seven Days of the Week & Astronomical Objects

This lesson will explain to you why the English language has its current names for its days of the week and what Roman gods and Anglo-Saxons have to do with it.

Geocentric, Heliocentric & Ptolemaic Models of the Universe

6. Geocentric, Heliocentric & Ptolemaic Models of the Universe

This lesson will lay out for you how ancient Greek philosophers came up with their models of the universe,. We'll also look at who Ptolemy was and what he contributed, and whether or not the Greeks were correct.

The Copernican Revolution

7. The Copernican Revolution

This lesson will discuss a famous astronomer by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus, his early history, his revolutionary idea, and why his model of the universe was actually wrong.

Tycho Brahe's Contribution to Astronomy

8. Tycho Brahe's Contribution to Astronomy

There was a man who did not believe Ptolemy's version of the universe nor did he believe in Copernicus's views on the universe. Who was this daring man? He was Tycho Brahe. We'll learn about him in this lesson.

Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

9. Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

Find out about the interesting life and major contributions of Johannes Kepler. This lesson will also teach you how to find out how long it takes a planet to revolve around the sun!

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

10. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

This lesson explores the contributions of Galileo to modern science. It examines his early steps toward a scientific method, his work on falling bodies and, of course, his astronomical discoveries. Finally, the Church's reaction to these discoveries is explored.

Sir Isaac Newton And Astronomy

11. Sir Isaac Newton And Astronomy

This lesson will teach you about Newton's laws of motion and universal gravitation as well as why the moon doesn't fly off into space and why it doesn't crash into the Earth.

Origins of the Julian & Gregorian Calendars

12. Origins of the Julian & Gregorian Calendars

The Julian calendar and Gregorian calendar were both revolutionary in their own right. Find out who's responsible for putting them into place and which one of the two we use today and why.

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