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Roman augury

PROFESSOR: Senior political officials of the Roman state had to take auspices before any major political event like elections and before a battle. They would draw on the expertise of an augur from the College of Augurs. Membership of the College of Augurs was for life, with new members elected periodically. Two of the main… Read More »

Promo [Astronomy: State of the Art]

Welcome to Astronomy: State of the Art. This is a course about the state of the art in astronomy, and what we’re learning about the universe. My name’s Chris Impey. I’m a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona. I got my graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, which is where I’m from,… Read More »

Astronomy and empire at the Pantheon in Rome (Giulio Magli)

The Emperor Hadrian was one of the greatest builders of Roman history. In particular, he ordered the construction of the world-famous royal estate today called Villa Adriana. It is known that he was interested in astronomy; his own mausoleum, later transformed by the popes into the S. Angelo castle, is placed in such a way… Read More »

Maya astronomy and calendar (Giulio Magli)

The Maya culture flourished in the area which extends from the Yucatan to south-east Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Between the third and the ninth centuries AD – the so called Classic – hundreds of Maya city states developed here; among them, one could mention world-famous places like Tikal and Palenque. Most of these classical… Read More »

Free Astronomy: Discovering the Universe Course – Overview – Open2Study

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. My name’s John Morgan, and I’m a teacher and researcher at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. My specialisation is radio astronomy. What we do is we use cutting-edge technology to explore the universe and understand fundamental questions such as, how does gravity work? In this subject, I’d like to share some of… Read More »

5.3 Pulsars [Astronomy: State of the Art]

What’s left behind when a massive star collapses at the end of its life? In particular, when the core is massive enough that it can overcome electron degeneracy pressure, so the endpoint is not a white dwarf. The disruptive explosion leading to a supernova—in principle—could detonate the entire material obliterating the star, and sending it… Read More »

Egyptian divination statues

PETER MANUELIAN: So how did the Gods appear? How did they provide these predictions and these oracles? Well for the average Egyptian, they would have to wait until the statue of the God was brought out of the temple. So inside the sanctuary at Karnak and many other places, there was a statue of the… Read More »