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How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors

How ancient cultures explained comets and meteors IgorZh/Shutterstock Eve MacDonald, Cardiff University Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often…

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A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park Gonzalo Rubio, Pennsylvania State University On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar…

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Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all

Bethlehem Star may not be a star after all It is the nature of astronomers and astrophysicists to look up at the stars with wonder, searching for answers to the still-unsolved mysteries of the universe. The Star of Bethlehem, and its origin, has been one of those mysteries, pondered by…

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