Updated: Feb 11
It's said that your future is written in the stars. Do you believe in fate and destiny? I love reading about the brave explorers that used the stars to navigate, the significance of how the magical standing stones are aligned, how the ancient civilisations planted by the moon and the stars. The mystical realms of astrology are also fascinating! Here is where to see the night skies and more.
Sky At Night, Madagascar ©MDHarding
It's In The Stars
The stars were said to be first documented by the ancient Babylonian astronomers of Mesopotamia (today's Iraq, Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, Southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish–Syrian and Iran–Iraq borders) in the late 2nd millennium B.C.
Then in 300 B.C Aristyllus with the help of Timocharis produced the first-star catalogue in Greek Astrology. It has been said that the Greek astronomers lead the way, with the discovery that Earth was a sphere and the surrounding solar system.
The ancient Minoans, who lived on the Mediterranean island of Crete from 3000 to 1100 BCE, left records of using the stars to navigate. They would have known the different constellations in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. For example,