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The Greek Astrophysicist Who Had a Crater on the Moon Named After Him

John Paraskevopoulos may not be a household name, but the Greek astrophysicist who had a crater on the moon named after him and discovered a number of comets, made a significant contribution to our understanding of the universe in...

Ancient Greeks, Aboriginal Australians Saw Same Constellations

Many of the constellations we know in the night sky were named according to the myths of the ancient Greeks. But similar stories are told by those from many other cultures  on Earth, including those of Australia. By Duane W. Hamacher Look upon...

First Map of Known World Created by Ancient Greek Anaximander

The ancient Greek thinker Anaximander, who was born in the third year of the 42nd Olympiad, or 610 BC, and who lived until c. 546 BC, was a polymath, lending his prodigious talents to the realms of pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, geography,...

China’s Giant Telescope Stirs Talk of Life Beyond Cosmos

Is there anybody out there? Chinese scientists think there is, and may have detected alien life beyond the cosmos. Or did they? China's Sky Eye telescope—the biggest radio telescope in the world—appears to have gathered signs of potential "alien civilization,"...

Outer Space: The Setting of Ancient Greek Myths

Our solar system was always a source of fascination for the ancient Greeks, and outer space features prominently across the scientific, philosophical, and mythological output of ancient Greek society. Ancient Greeks referred to constellations as "katasterismoi," which translates to "placings...

Four Amazing Astronomical Discoveries from Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek scientists and mathematicians in ancient Greece made some of the most significant astronomical discoveries centuries ago.

How Ancient Greeks Invented the Modern World

Many modern inventions like computers and washing machines actually have their origins in ancient times. By Zena Kamash True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may...

NASA’s Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

NASA said on Wednesday that its Hubble Space Telescope detected the farthest individual star ever seen to date that existed within the first billion years after the universe’s birth in the big bang. The American space agency said that the...

The Ancient Greek Stars Lighting Up Our Night Skies

Since the beginning of time, people have turned their eyes to the sky and discerned the shapes of animals and objects in the stars.

Top Harvard Astronomer Believes Aliens Have Tried to Contact Us

Harvard astronomer Dr. Avi Loeb believes that aliens may have tried to contact us in 2017, when an object called 'Oumuamua flew past Earth. In a book published in early 2021, Loeb, who was the head of Harvard's astronomy department,...