Impact of the Study of the Universe in Human Thinking
The observation of the night sky has always represented a basic
dimension common to all cultures populating the planet since the earliest times, nowadays
we run the risk of reducing our everyday astronomical culture to the
exclusive domain of a handful of scientific researchers.
Facing the oblivion
of starry skies as nourishment of our everyday culture and inspiring element that shaped
an important part of cultural diversity cultural of the Earth's peoples, recognising the
need to defend the existing heritage legacy still conserved, several initiatives appear,
seeking to recover and restore the windows of imagination that have always been open to
the universe, such as:
Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative
The World Heritage Centre, in close consultation with the States Parties, UNESCO Venice
Office and ICOMOS, has elaborated the Thematic Initiative Astronomy and World
The objective of the Astronomy and World Heritage thematic initiative is to establish a
link between science and culture on the basis of research aimed at acknowledging the
cultural and scientific values of properties connected with astronomy.
through time and continents presents the development of architectural forms and landscapes
related to the observation of the sky (created thanks to the support of the Royal
Astronomical Society of the United-Kingdom)...>
"Astronomy and World Heritage" by Anna Sidorenko (Coordinator). Document
presented at the International Astronomical Unions General Assembly in August 2006,
in Prague during the Commission 41 History of Astronomy
Commission 41 of the IAU
Commission 41 of the International
Astronomical Union (IAU) deals with all aspects of astronomical history and heritage, from
ancient and indigenous sky knowledge through to developments in modern astronomy that have
occurred within living memory. It encourages and supports research in the history of
astronomy and related fields such as archaeoastronomy, and is also concerned with the
identification, documentation and preservation of vital aspects of our astronomical
heritage such as sites, artefacts, instruments and archives. C41 is one of the largest
Commissions in the Union, and is a member of Division XII (Union-wide activities).
Society for Astronomy in Culture
The European Society for
Astronomy in Culture is a Professional Association of scientists working in the field of
Astronomy in Culture or Anthropological Astronomy, including the interdisciplinary
disciplines of Archaeoastronomy an Ethnoastronomy. However, researchers in nearby fields
of science like History of Astronomy, Mythology, Spatial Archaeology or Cosmology are also
welcomed in the SEAC.
The International Institute of
It is an organisation being formed
to research and promote awareness of the astronomical features of Irish megalithic
monuments dating from the sixth to the third millennium BCE.
Center for Archaeoastronomy
It is orientated to archaeoastronomy, understood as "the study of the astronomical
practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions and world-views of all ancient cultures
we call archaeoastronomy. Archaeoastronomy, in essence, as the "anthropology of
astronomy", to distinguish it from the "history of astronomy".
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy museum seeks to inspire the next generation of
explorers and scientists.
Canoe Tokelau is an exploration and education project to
rediscover, understand, use and share traditional Polynesian
ocean navigation, based on night sky observation in the
times of long distance voyaging.
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Compiled by Gary
Links with other references and
activities of interest
Awareness for young children...>
Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena - "INSAP...>
The Maya Astronomy...>
Astronomy and cosmology in folk traditions and cultural
of Ancient Symposium (2000)...>
Conference on Archaeoastronomy...>
Cultural Astronomy - University of
Light Pollution Programme - Greek Ministry of Education...>
Chaco's Night Sky Initiative...>
Context from the Archaeoastronomical Data and the Echoes of Cosmic Catastrophic Events -
Conference, Tartu-Tőravere-Viluste-Kaali, 2002...>
Astronomy in cultural
landscapes: new challenges for world heritage issues.