Westminster College Planetarium - Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity

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Westminster College Planetarium - Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity, Grades 3+

By Matteo Luisi

When and where

Date and time

Friday, April 14 · 6 - 7pm EDT


Hoyt Science Resources Center 319 South Market Street New Wilmington, PA 16142

About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

The Westminster College Planetarium is open for in-person shows! All visitors must follow Westminster College Safety Guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns please email planetarium@westminster.edu.

Over 2,000 years ago ancient astronomers knew the Earth was round; they measured its diameter and distance from the Sun; knew the length of the year to the precision of our modern calendar; and developed a method for predicting eclipses. Ancient sailors navigated by the stars and some astronomers even suspected the Earth orbited the Sun.

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity is a journey of learning from the Pantheon to the ancient Library of Alexandria to the pyramids of Egypt.

Discover why the Pantheon is an astronomical instrument, how Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference, how the Saqqara Step Pyramid depicts the turning stars, who first claimed that the Earth orbits the Sun, and who created the Antikythera Mechanism with hundreds of gears to predict motions of the Sun, Moon and planets.

This show is recommended for grades 3+ (ages 8 and up).

About the organizer

Organized by
Matteo Luisi