Ch 32: Introduction to the History of Astronomy

About This Chapter

Watch and learn about the history of astronomy in this space science chapter. The engaging video lessons take you through a timeline of facts and figures of the study of astronomy and the space race while the included quizzes help you review what you have learned.

Introduction to the History of Astronomy - Chapter Summary

This chapter begins with a definition of astronomy and go over its history - from ancient times to today. Our expert instructors follow up with lessons on space travel, the space race, and technologies used to explore space. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Understand the history and facts of astronomy
  • Discuss the ancient study of astronomy
  • Explain the history and timeline of the Space Race
  • List the dangers and benefits of the Space Race
  • Identify technologies used to explore space

The short, engaging videos in this chapter allow you to study at your own pace and on your own time. The illustrated videos are created by professional instructors and they include tags that allow you to go back to points in the video without re-watching the whole video. After completing each lesson, take the corresponding quiz to check your understanding and use the chapter test to see if you are ready to move on to the next chapter.

5 Lessons in Chapter 32: Introduction to the History of Astronomy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Astronomy? - Definition, History, Timeline & Facts

1. What is Astronomy? - Definition, History, Timeline & Facts

When you look up at a clear night sky, how many stars do you see? Probably more than you can even count! What's more incredible is just how large and far away those stars are, and how much we can learn about our universe by looking at starlight.

The Ancient Study of Astronomy

2. The Ancient Study of Astronomy

This lesson will teach you about three important cultures and civilizations that contributed much to our understanding of astronomy. They include the Babylonians, Maya, and Greeks.

Space Travel: History, Dangers & Benefits

3. Space Travel: History, Dangers & Benefits

Space is fascinating. Humans have been sending objects into space for decades, trying to learn about Earth and what's beyond. But while space travel can be beneficial, there are also risks that come along with exploring the rest of the universe.

The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

4. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.

Technologies Used to Explore Space

5. Technologies Used to Explore Space

Orbiters, landers, rovers, and telescopes! Learn about the many pieces of technology we use to explore space, both nearby and distant. Then take a quiz and see how well you've explored the topic.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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