Ancient Astronomers

Greek Astronomy

More than any other culture, the Greeks laid the framework for both ancient and modern astronomy not only in the Western World, but also in India.


Please answer the following questions in COMPLETE sentences. Include the question for clarification.

  1. Why did the Greeks begin tracking and naming the constellations in the night sky?
  2. What were some of the religious aspects of daily life connected with constellations?
  3. Who first recorded the names and positions of the constellations?
  4. Where did the Greeks likely find the foundation for their astronomy findings?
  5. What discoveries did the Greeks make about astronomy?
  6. Who were some of the famous Greek and astronomers and what were the prevailing theories they proposed? (What did they get right? What did they get wrong?)
  7. What were some of the Practical applications Greeks made to "stargazing?"
  8. Include a link to an image of ancient constellation mapping.
  9. What other important information of facts did you discover?