Astronomers’ Moon

  • David M. Harland
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Greek astronomy began with Thales, who was born shortly before 600 BC and lived in Miletus, a city of Ionia, which was a state on the western coast of what is now Turkey. As a philosopher he is regarded as one of the Seven Sages of Greece, and is considered to be the ‘father of science’. He set the seasons of the year and divided the year into 365 days. He also predicted a solar eclipse that occurred in 585 BC. It had been believed that the Moon was self-luminous, but he suggested that it shone by reflecting sunlight. Anaximander, a student of Thales, went to Italy in 518 BC. He opined that Earth floated in space — the prevailing view was that it was in some way supported on pillars through with the Sun passed during the night.


Granular Material Lunar Surface Solar Eclipse Crystal Sphere Royal Greenwich Observatory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Harland
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  1. 1.Kelvinbridge GlasgowUK

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