Our Experience of the Sky and Star Knowledge



We often hear that we live in a “global community” in which we are linked together across the Earth. The links we usually consider are materialistic – financial transactions, Internet services, trading of goods from distant continents. Yet we are also linked in a more profound way, as citizens of the Earth, surrounded by the planets of the solar system and the dazzling constellations of the night sky (Fig. 1.1). Before international trade and before the Internet, humans looked up at the night sky and traded tales and theories of what it all means. Many of the tales endure in oral tradition, in mythology, and in more subtle forms.


Oral Tradition Outer Planet Winter Solstice Ancient People Small Telescope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyPomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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