Ancient European Skywatchers

Thousands of years ago ancient astronomers used stone markers set in the ground to mark the rising and setting of celestial objects.
Stonehenge: Thousands of years ago ancient astronomers used stone markers set in the ground to mark the rising and setting of celestial objects.

Ancient European sky watchers recorded the annual rising and falling of the lights in the night sky for thousands of years before the rise of modern telescopes. They created belief systems based on the patterns they recorded, built stunning monuments dedicated to their belief systems, and modern societies currently scan the night sky for signs of life using wondrous devices their ancestors would think magical in nature.

Read about ancient Europeans, their sky watching practices, and how they helped to shape past and current astronomy. 

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Warren Wong.

Editor and Chief,

Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time.

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