History

History of astronomical observation

History of astronomical observation

Since the beginning of time, the human being has been attracted by what happened in the sky. That is why Astronomy is considered the oldest science. Over the centuries, research related to the sky has evolved in parallel to the improvement of the different means of celestial observation.

In mankind, phenomena such as the movements of the stars, eclipses or the regular cycles of the seasons have generated great interest. That is why since prehistory it has been observing and studying them. First it was with the naked eye, and then contributing new technological means.

Many years have passed since the first telescope, created by Galileo, to modern space and terrestrial telescopes. But their ends have always been the same: to unravel everything that happens in the mysterious cosmos.

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Origin of the celestial observation: It all started with the appearance of the human being on earth. The fact that there were periods of… Read page Observing the sky with the naked eye: Curiosity and the need to know what was happening in the sky has led man from his… Read pageA handmade telescope: In the year 1609, the mathematician Galileo created a home telescope of 8 magnifications. With it he demonstrated at… Read page The reflecting telescope: A reflecting telescope is one that uses one or more mirrors to reflect the light and form an image… Read page Radio telescope history: The radio telescope is an astronomical observation device used to capture the waves of … Read page Photography in astronomical observation: Astronomical photography or astrophotography is an exciting technique that allows… Read page Spectroscopy in astronomy: Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between radiation… Read page Mechatronics in astronomy: Mechatronics It consists of the hunting integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and… Read page Astrotourism: Astronomical observation, both with the naked eye and with binoculars or telescopes, has given rise in recent years to… Read page