Ch 1: The History of Astronomy: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The history of astronomy chapter of this Intro to Astronomy Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the history of astronomy. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the history of astronomy.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Intro to Astronomy material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory astronomy. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the history of astronomy
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the history of astronomy
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the history of astronomy chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the history of astronomy chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any history of astronomy question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a history of astronomy unit of a standard Intro to Astronomy course. Topics covered include:

  • The scientific field of astronomy
  • The ancient study of astronomy
  • The definition and name origins of the constellations
  • Defining astrology
  • The zodiac constellations and their visibility in the sky
  • Telling time in ancient times
  • The lunar calendar and the metronic cycle
  • The connection between the seven days of the week and astronomical objects
  • Geocentric, heliocentric and Ptolemaic models of the universe
  • The Copernican revolution
  • Tycho Brahe's contribution to astronomy
  • Kepler's three laws of planetary motion
  • Galileo, the telescope and the Church
  • Sir Isaac Newton and astronomy

18 Lessons in Chapter 1: The History of Astronomy: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

What is Astrology?

4. What is Astrology?

This lesson will teach you about astrology, tell you if it's the same thing as astronomy, why or why not, and discuss the reasons astrology is so good at predicting so many different things. I predict that you might enjoy this lesson.

The Zodiac Constellations & Their Visibility in the Sky

5. The Zodiac Constellations & Their Visibility in the Sky

The zodiac is a concept that spans thousands of years. You'll learn how the zodiac and the ecliptic are related, as well as the origin of the horoscope, in this lesson.

Telling Time in Ancient Times

6. Telling Time in Ancient Times

This lesson will explore the concepts of time and telling time in ancient history, including the lunar phase cycle, the calendar, the sundial, and how ancient people viewed time compared to us.

The Lunar Calendar & Metonic Cycle

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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.

Johannes Kepler: Biography, Facts & Discoveries

16. Johannes Kepler: Biography, Facts & Discoveries

Almost 500 years ago, Johannes Kepler looked up at the stars and wanted to understand the nature of the universe. Through his work, he revolutionized our ideas about the motion of the planets. Learn more about his life and his extraordinary discoveries.

What is Astronomy? - Definition, History, Timeline & Facts

17. What is Astronomy? - Definition, History, Timeline & Facts

When you look up at a clear night sky, how many stars do you see? Probably more than you can even count! What's more incredible is just how large and far away those stars are, and how much we can learn about our universe by looking at starlight.

What is Science? - Definition, Topics & Branches

18. What is Science? - Definition, Topics & Branches

In this lesson, we'll investigate what science really is. We'll cover the different branches of science and provide examples of topics in each branch. Afterward, you should have a good overview of the different types of science we study.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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