posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 03:25 PM
Originally posted by george_gaz
I should have been a little clearer originally too ... where I said "how could they see them" I was referring to the planets there because I have
never (to my knowledge) seen another planet, day or night without aid so I was just baffled as to how ancient civilisations had such "advanced"
knowledge of this stuff.
We live in modern times, George, when there's light pollution all over the Earth. The sky you see in 2008 is not the same as I saw in the 1970's,
because cities were smaller and it was possible to drive 20 miles and get to a place where the glow of street lights and building lights didn't haze
the sky. In today's suburbs you CAN see the planets (up to Saturn) if you know where to look and when to look.
You've undoubtedly seen Mercury and Venus and Jupiter and Saturn as well as Mars... but they look like stars to you.
The "advanced knowledge" just comes from years of observing. If you were a teller of tales about the stars, you'd soon notice that several of the
stars move in the night sky. It doesn't take a genius to figure that if between one cycle of the moon and the next that wandering star moves a
thumbwidth across the constellation, then 3 moons ought to make it move 3 thumbwidths... and so on and so forth.
Once you have writing and basic measuring tools, you can make an observatory... and the rest is just lots of adding and subtracting and keeping