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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:13 am 
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Astronomically Aligned Temple in Siwa Oasis is Ancient Calendar Device

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-his ... ice-006852

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On March 21, 2013, American-Canadian co-discoverers Dustin Donaldson and Robynn Iwata unveiled the only solar equinox temple alignment to have been discovered in Egypt to date. The discovery was later confirmed and reported to the Siwa Council of Antiquities on September 23, 2013 during the fall equinox.

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Scientists Discover that Megalithic Site in India is Oldest Ancient Observatory in South Asia

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According to Times of India , the team of archeologists described it as ''the only megalithic site in India, where a depiction of a star constellation has been identified''. The ancient observatory dates to 5,000 BC and the researchers believe that it is the earliest astronomical observatory discovered in India and perhaps even in the whole of South Asia.

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The Ancient Earthworks of Ukraine May Be the Biggest Solar Observatory in the World

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If you stand in the center of the circle and measure the azimuth of each mound (the direction of a celestial object from the observer, expressed as an angular distance), you find that they coincide with azimuths of sunrise and sunset during the summer and winter solstices. It also coincides with the azimuths of the spring and autumn equinox. On Schubert’s map, many other embankments can be identified within a radius of several kilometers from the group of mounds. These repeat the azimuths of the mounds of the center circle. The conclusion is unequivocal - an ancient solar observatory, the system near and distant targets for astronomical research.

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Why Catholics Built Secret Astronomical Features Into Churches to Help Save Souls

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Yet these symbols are not there to cast horoscopes, let alone spells. They are there for purposes of church administration and astronomical science. This cathedral, the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna, Italy, also doubles as a solar observatory—at one point, one of the most accurate in the world—and these signs of the zodiac are part of an instrument for measuring solstices.

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This Forgotten Egyptian Dish Reveals Early Astronomical Symbols of Key Constellations

http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifact ... key-021077

Just approach this article with caution.

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This Month in Astronomical History: Winter Solstice & Archaeoastronomy

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Earliest Datable Records of Aurora-like Phenomena in the Astronomical Diaries from Babylonia

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The Astronomical Diaries from Babylonia (ADB) are an excellent source of information of natural phenomena, including astronomical ones, in pre-Christ era because it contains the record of highly continuous and systematic observations. In this article we present results of a survey of aurora-like phenomena in ADB, spanning from BCE 652 to BCE 61. We have found 9 records of aurora-like phenomena. Philological and scientific examinations suggest 5 of them can be considered as likely candidate for aurora observations. They provide unique information about the solar and aurora activities in the first millennium BCE.

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Astronomers Are Using Ancient Eclipse Records to Solve a Cosmic Mystery

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... se/509891/

Speeding up? Slowing down? What's going on with the third rock from the sun?

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A 'Stonehenge,' And A Mystery, In The Amazon

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“I had no idea that I was discovering the Amazon’s own Stonehenge,” said Mr. da Silva, 65, on a scorching October day as he gazed at the archaeological site located just north of the Equator. “It makes me wonder: What other secrets about our past are still hidden in Brazil’s jungles?”

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Ancient tomb's awesome astrological light show draws crowds

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Just a little bit of fun.

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David Mathisen is changing the way we think about Hercules

http://skeptiko.com/david-mathisen-chan ... cules-337/

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David Mathisen has discovered an ancient, language told through the constellations of the night’s sky.


I appreciate this is one of the fringier things I've shared in the forum, but I know our members are open-minded to give it a chance.

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Secret Societies and Hidden Knowledge: The Explosive Star that Inspired the Modern World

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The 1604 event is known as Kepler's Supernova, after the astronomer who made detailed observations of it at the time. However, it was not only professional star gazers who were enamored by the occurrence; it ignited an entirely new philosophical movement. In the same year, the German theologian Simon Studion published his Naometria (“Temple Measurement”), in which he interpreted the event in astrological terms, heralding the birth of a new era of enlightenment. Studion, it seems, believed that the new star was a heavenly sign, such as the star of Bethlehem is said to have proclaimed the birth of Christ. This new age was envisaged to include the advancement of scientific, religious, and social freedoms, and – a revolutionary concept for the time – the emergence of a new political order based around a powerful woman or queen.

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Japanese Scientists Reconstruct Space History with Ancient Texts

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"An early Japanese record of prolonged auroras, that is, auroras that persisted for two or more nights within one week, was documented 21-23 February 1204 in Meigetsuki," says lead researcher Ryuho Kataoka of NIPR. "At the same time in Song Shi, a large sunspot was recorded on the 21st." Such sunspots are an indication of intense magnetic activity on the sun, including solar flares.

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Kindred Skies: Ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw Constellations in Common

http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-le ... mon-021332

Coincidence? Read the article.

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Water Lightning: The Mysterious Polynesian Navigation Method Known as 'Te Lapa' - 'The Flashing'

http://dailygrail.com/Hidden-History/20 ... e-Lapa-The

A little bit of archaeoastronomy, and a weird phenomenon.

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Precious Records of Eclipses in Muslim Astronomy and History

http://www.muslimheritage.com/article/p ... nd-history

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017 ... bc-wiping/

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Academic Journal Runs Article Claiming Göbekli Tepe Records Comet Strike, Misses Fact That Article Is Based on Speculative Andrew Collins Book

http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/acade ... llins-book

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Our authors have blatantly lifted their entire program of research from Collins and Hancock—going so far as to deduce from the appearance of animals on the Göbekli Tepe pillars that all of archaeology should be revised to account for what they call “coherent catastrophism,” meaning the old catastrophism but with a modern gloss based on fashionable claims about comets and asteroids.


Read up on Andrew Collins and Graham Hancock. They're smart as a whip, but their minds are so open they're constantly picking their brains up off the floor.

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Capturing the Aftermath of a Star Collision 1,900 Years Ago

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/scie ... ision.html

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Advanced Engineering Discovered at the Maya Observatory at Chichen Itza

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Nine Points to the Pleiades

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What was a fascinating adjunct to this site is a recent explanation given as to how the Original astronomers could be so accurate in depicting the position and magnitude of individual stars. There are three decidedly artificial looking shallow depressions across this platform that act as catchments and are often full of water. Perfectly flat, when there is no wind to create a rippling effect, the night-time image is that of a mirror reflection of the stars and dark spaces above. With the section of sky considered important captured on the water, it is not a difficult task to measure and replicate elsewhere a few metres away.

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5,000-Year-Old 'Billboard' of Hieroglyphs Contains a Cosmic Message

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The other three signs show two storks, back-to-back, with a bald ibis bird in between them. The stork-ibis-stork arrangement suggests that those three signs are making a "statement about the cosmos through the solar cycle," Darnell told Live Science, noting that similar arrangements of symbols can be seen at other Egyptian sites.

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Kokino Observatory

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In 2001, the ruins of a Bronze Age settlement were found outside the small Macedonian village of Kokino. Amid the signs of occupation like pieces of vessels and weapons, researchers also discovered giant stones arranged in puzzling patterns, at an elevation of over 3,300 feet. With further study, they identified these as stone markers used to track the patterns of the sun and the moon, making the site an ancient megalithic observatory, dating back nearly 3,800 years.

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Mysterious Neolithic Carvings Only Appear in Moonlight

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/m ... moonlight/

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The luminous carvings fit in with the speculation that the site was used for some sort of quartz-smashing rituals that were far more mysterious (and fun) at night because of the rock’s tendency to emit sparks when smashed together.

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Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse

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CU Boulder Professor Emeritus J. McKim "Kim" Malville said the petroglyph—carved in a rock by early Pueblo people—is a circle that resembles the sun's outer atmosphere known as its corona, with tangled protrusions looping off the edges. Discovered in 1992 during a Chaco Canyon field school for CU Boulder and Fort Lewis College students led by Malville and then-Fort Lewis Professor James Judge, the object may illustrate the total eclipse of the sun that occurred over the region on July 11, 1097.

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