Questions tagged [archaeoastronomy]

Questions regarding how in former times, people used and understood celestial phenomena.

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What is meant by “revolution of Sun's apogee”?

While reading Translation of the Surya Siddhanta and of the Siddhanta Siromani(1861) - Bapu Deva Shastri, I stuck in the follwing. Chapter I, verse 41 & 42 In a KALPA (4.32 billion years), there ...
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Accuracy of calculating the vernal equinox?

Calculating the exact time of the vernal equinox is essential for many ephemeris calculations. NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies uses (at least for some purposes) the following, rather short ...
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Statistics of the purposes of archeoastronomical sites?

Archeoastronomy can be defined as the interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary study of how people in the past "have understood the phenomena in the sky, how they used these phenomena and what ...
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Who discovered Wolf 359?

I always assumed that Wolf 359's discoverer had been Max Wolf, but I just found out that he simply measured its high proper movement and included it in his star catalog. Since Wolf 359 is a very ...
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How do I find the signs that planets are in during any given date?

Say for example I wanted to know where the planets were on December 19th, 1664, at 1am; how do I figure that out?
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Relationship between precession and dating ancient alignments

Perusing the topics here. I am convinced that this is the right place to get some answers. Although it does appear that my question should be relegated to the "childrens table". I am curious to ...