the night sky

 

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Astronomy vs. Astrology (Fall 2017)

The science of astronomy has been around for centuries. Astronomy can be defined as the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. Astrology, on the other hand is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and the interpretation of them having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. However, how much correlation is there between astronomy and the zodiac signs? Zodiac signs are known to be based around constellations and the Sun, and are used to tell fortunes, predict personality, and much more. Astrology is an in-depth field of study that focuses on the circular path of the sun through the celestial sphere at different times throughout the year. In relation to the constellations, the sun passes through one at the time of an individual’s birth designating them a zodiac sign. How did astrology develop, and what makes it different from the science of astronomy?

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The Night Sky (Winter 2017)

The night sky has had an effect on the life system of many cultures. The connection between celestial phenomenon and humans has held great meaning over the past 40,000 years. Astronomy is thought to be one of the oldest of sciences. Ancient cultures studied the sky, which lead to several of the celestial events becoming an integral part of explaining the events throughout their lives. How did the difference in the night sky in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres affect the way that indigenous people explained their surroundings and influence their cultures? We will examine two different ancient cultures, one from the Northern Hemisphere and one from the Southern Hemisphere, to see how the Night Sky helped them to interpret their daily lives.

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The Aurora Borealis (Winter 2016)

The aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, is a distinctive feature of the Canadian skies and an important part of First Nations folklore. Scientists now know this brilliant natural light show is caused by particles from the Sun interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere, but what are the tools and methods they use to study this phenomenon?

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