Review Checklist - Sample Questions
Early History of
- How old are the earliest astronomical structures
- Why did ancient sites have circular stone
- What is Stonehenge?
- Why was it important for ancient civilizations
the directions where astronomical objects rise and set?
- How can we use astronomy to find out when
seasons will change?
- Which astronomical site is the oldest one
The Classical Period: The Middle
East, Greece, and Egypt
- What part of the world do we trace the earliest
attempts to understand the Solar System to?
- What point of view did the ancient Greeks
contribute to astronomy?
- Which ancient people first attempted to explain
astronomical observations of planet motion?
- Why is Eratosthenes remembered in the history
- Why is Aristarchus remembered in the history
- What is the main assumption in a geocentric
model of the Universe?
- What celestial objects were known from antiquity
until the 16th century?
- Why did Aristotle conclude that the Earth
did not revolve around the Sun?
- Which observed facts seem to support geocentric
- As the Earth is moving along its orbit, why
don't we "feel" this motion?
- Why don't we feel a "wind" as the
Earth moves through space?
- Why don't we see parallax in the stars as
the Earth moves, without a telescope?
- Why were ancient astronomers trying to see
Ptolemy and Retrograde Motion
- Why is Ptolemy important in the history of
Astronomy? When did he live?
- What is the retrograde motion of Mars?
- How did geocentric models explain the retrograde
motion of Mars?
- What is an epicycle?
- Why do we not believe in Ptolemy's model
for the solar system today?
The Middle Ages
- How did the ancient Chinese contribute to
- In what ways did the Arabs contribute to
page by luca bombelli <bombelli at olemiss.edu>,
modified 29 sep 2012