The ancient Babylonians calculated Jupiter’s position long before NASA

To the ancient Babylonians, the planet Jupiter was more than a bright light in the Mesopotamian night sky: It was the celestial manifestation of their god, Marduk. Jupiter’s location told of Marduk’s plans for them, such as if they would be blessed with a good harvest. It was so important to know Marduk’s plans that Babylonian astronomers developed a sophisticated, surprisingly modern mathematical technique for predicting Jupiter’s location, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

Read more about this technique (which I used myself while doing molecular biology research) in my first-ever blog post for the award-winning science education site, Visionlearning!


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