Hello all, this is my first thread! I am fascinated with the planet venus and have a few questions on this for future threads.
First, some fun Venus facts!
- Venus is the brightest object in the sky besides the sun and our moon
- it is sometimes called Earth's "sister planet" because they are similar in size, gravity, and bulk composition
- A younger Venus is believed to have possessed Earth-like oceans
- known as the Morning Star and the Evening Star
- Venus can be so bright it casts shadows. The Knights Templar / freemasons knew this and built it into the Rosslyn Chapel.
- Every 8 years, earth and venus "kiss" each other. This is called conjunctions. If you look at the image below, you can see each kiss plotted
out will make a pentagram.
- the 584-day average interval between successive close approaches to the Earth is almost exactly equal to five Venusian solar days.
My first question is when was Venus first observed?
Mayans and Venus
We know that the mayans were super obsessed with venus:
The Maya began their Long Count on what they referred to as the ‘Birth of Venus.’ Scholars have never been able to determine what the Maya
were referring to and neither have alternative researchers. Nevertheless their sacred calendar, the Tzolkin, placed the synodic cycles of Venus in a
central role. The 104-year ‘Venus Round’ cycle (2 Calendar Rounds of 52 years each), was a very important ceremonial event as this was the point
in time when the solar and sacred calendars realigned with the cycle of Venus.
So the beginning of this ancient calendar started with the "birth of venus? It is interesting to note also that the transit of venus, which has
happened only 5 times in the last 500 years (and also happens in pairs, 8 years apart) will happen again in 2012. It is too bad the transit doesn't
happen on December 21st, it will hapen June 5th. Link 1 & 2
There is so much more to the Venus story and mayans AND mesoamericans but that is for another thread.
Babylonian version of Venus - link 3
Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa - The Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa recovered from the library at Nineveh, is a 7th century BC cuneiform tablet that bears
much older (Bronze Age) records of the rise times of Venus and its first and last visibility on the horizon before or after sunrise and sunset in the
form of lunar dates.
So the Mesoamericans and the Sumerians were well aware of Venus in ancient days. Also the Hindus were aware of it, along with the Egyptians.
Native americans view: link 4
They viewed Venus differently depending on when it appeared. As the morning star it was good, and as the evening star it was feared because it
represented the underworld.
Newgrange's Groovewar people & Venus:
Newgrange, which was built in 3200BC, had venus in mind. Every 8 years the light from venus could be seen inside Newgrange.
So there is a little background on Venus, keyword LITTLE. There is so much to be learned about the planet and i am fascinated with how much the
ancients were fascinated with it.
My first question, which i will state again, is when were humans first recording records of Venus?
From this basic research, it seems that the newgrange site is the first to really keep track of Venus. I have read the Book of Hiram which talks
heavily about Venus and i was wondering if anyone else has read this. You can read a summary here:
Read more here:
link 1: www.lunarplanner.com...
Link 2: en.wikipedia.org...
Link 3: www.absoluteastronomy.com...
link 4: ancientx.com...