October 25, 2021

An astronomer is a scientist whose research area is astronomy. [1] Unlike most scientists, astronomers cannot directly manipulate the objects they study, and must make use of detailed observations to make their discoveries, using for usually telescopes and other optical instruments. Astronomy is considered to have its origin in the priests of ancient Babylon. Recent studies of the Babylonian inscriptions show their extremely precise knowledge of their night sky. The priests of Ancient Egypt also placed special emphasis on observing the sky, being reflected in the so-called astronomical ceilings, drawn in many tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The combination of religious interpretations of heaven, such as legends and myths, lead to a duality that today is identified with astrology. Before approximately 1750, no distinction was made between astronomy and astrology. [Citation needed]

See also

Amateur astronomy Annex: Astronomers and Astrophysicists

External links]: Page for children to the NASA site


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