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Astronomical alignment found at Peruvian pyramid

A research team has discovered that the Cerro del Gentil pyramid in Peru aligns perfectly with two geoglyphs and the setting sun. An ancient astronomical alignment in southern Peru has been discovered by researchers between a pyramid, two stone lines and the setting sun during the winter solstice. During the solstice,

Tycho Brahe’s silver nose was actually made of brass

Recently the remains of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe were exhumed to determine his real cause of death (he wasn't poisoned). Separate tests have also revealed that his famous silver nose prosthetic was actually made of brass. In another finding, the team reported that the silver nose piece Brahe famously wore after

Tycho Brahe was not poisoned

A team of researchers who analysed the remains of Tycho Brahe, the 16th-century Danish astronomer, have concluded that he did not die of mercury poisoning. In the past century, the mercury poisoning theory received apparent corroboration from repeated tests on samples of hair taken from Brahe's long moustache, which were removed

Antikythera mechanism tracked sun irregular movements

New research on the world's first computer, the Antikythera mechanism, show that the device tracked the sun's irregular movements surprisingly well. Evans and colleagues suggested a simpler way to make the sun dial appear to change speed: Stretch the zodiac. If the spaces on the front wheel of the mechanism were

10,000 year-old Australian aboriginal sundial found

A primitive sundial, dating back 10,000 years, has been found in Australia. Scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Canberra discovered a pile of old rocks laid out in a particular manner to map the progress of the sun - to create a primitive form of sundial. "These stones

What’s your sign? Probably not what you think.

Astronomers have recalculated the original Babylonian zodiac by accounting for shifts in the Earth's axis over the millennia. I've been bumped up from a Pisces to an Aquarius! Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16. Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11. Pisces: March 11-April 18. Aries: April 18-May 13. Taurus: May 13-June 21. Gemini: June 21-July 20. Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10. Leo: Aug.

16-century astronomer Tycho Brahe’s remains exhumed

Scientists have exhumed the remains of the 16th-century Danish astronomer in order to conclusively determine the cause of his death. His extraordinarily accurate stellar and planetary observations, which helped lay the foundations of early modern astronomy, are well known and documented, but mystery still surrounds his sudden death. It had

Halley’s comet spotted by ancient Greeks

Halley's comet may have been spotted by the ancient Greeks, more than 200 years earlier than previously thought. According to ancient writers, a large meteorite smacked into northern Greece between 466BC and 467BC. The writers also described a comet in the sky at the time the meteorite fell to Earth,