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Astronomy
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[German Version]

is the study of the universe. Calendar have been based on the apparent motions of the sun and the moon. The more intuitive geocentric view was replaced by a heliocentric system (N. Copernicus, J. Kepler, G. Galilei, I. Newton). Astronomy has now enlarged its domain to include space and time and has been integrated with physics (Astrophysics). It is quite distinct from astrology, which attempts to relate astronomical phenomena to human characters and events.

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Drees, Willem B., “Astronomy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01200>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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