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3/26/2010

EAC and Desert Sky Gazers present “Celestial Navigation by the Ancients”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Pictured: An Astrolabe from France. Astrolabes are used to show how the sky looks at a specific place at a given time. (EAC – Contributed photo.)
 

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—In partnership with Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus, the Desert Sky Gazers amateur astronomy club will present a free, family-friendly lecture on Saturday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus, entitled, “Celestial Navigation by the Ancients.” This lecture will be given by Harry Swanson, dean of Discovery Park Campus, and is an excellent opportunity for community members to learn more about astronomy and other related sciences.

“We often think of ourselves as operating at the peak of scientific excellence and early civilizations as either naive or ignorant,” says Swanson. “Nothing could be further from the truth! Far from simply navigating by sight and familiarity, we are learning that ancient peoples used very sophisticated instruments and procedures to get from point A to point B. I am amazed at the knowledge of science, particularly physics and astronomy, that was exhibited by these early world cultures. Won’t you come explore some of these remarkable systems with us?”

For more information about this event or about Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.

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