Institute of Astronomy

Early views of the Moon

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Carolin Crawford4 January 2017
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The Moon  fascinated and inspired the very earliest civilisations as the brightest object in the night sky. Many ancient peoples worshipped the Moon as a deity and used it in the earliest forms of calendar systems. In this talk I shall whizz through a few thousand years of history and review ancient cultures' understanding of our nearest neighbour... right up to the time that it was first viewed through a telescope.

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