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Forgotten Egyptian Dish Reveals Early Astronomical Symbols of Key Constellations

The Egyptian dish. © Adriano Forgione

The Egyptian dish. © Adriano Forgione

The dish may show that prehistoric Egyptians already depicted the constellations now known as Orion the Hunter, the Hare, Canis Major, and Canis Minor with their ancient symbols. This would mean they were not Greek, but of Egyptian origin. Read more

The world’s oldest observatory? How Aboriginal astronomy provides clues to ancient life!

These rocks are thought to have once marked the sun's journey throughout the year  [Credit: ABC: Hamish Fitzsimmons]

These rocks are thought to have once marked the sun’s journey throughout the year [Credit: ABC: Hamish Fitzsimmons]

An ancient Aboriginal site at a secret location in the Victorian bush could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza. Scientists studying the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement say it could date back more than 11,000 years and provide clues into the origins of agriculture.”Some academics have referred to this stone arrangement here as Australia’s version of Stonehenge,” Dr Hamacher said. “I think the question we might have to ask is: is Stonehenge Britain’s version of Wurdi Youang? Because this could be much, much older.” If the site is more than 7,000 years old, it will rewrite history and further disprove the notion that first Australians were uniformly nomadic hunter-gatherers. Scientists believe the arrangement of stones was able to map out the movements of the sun throughout the year. Read more

China’s giant space telescope starts search for alien life

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The FAST Telescope in China is the largest in the World. Scientists hope to find Extraterrestrial Signals with it’ s help.

The world’s largest telescope will be completed this week in China and it has scientists very, very excited. With a whopping 1,640 feet (500 meter) wide dish the size of 30 football fields, the telescope will able to detect radio signals — and potentially signs of life — from distant planets.

For many people, the most exciting goal is the search for extraterrestrial life. The recent discovery of three life-friendly planets outside our solar system has rekindled discussion of whether intelligent life is unique to Earth. FAST’s sensitivity will be capable of detecting exoplanets like these in ways that other telescopes cannot. “FAST’s potential to discover an alien civilization will be five to 10 (times) that of current equipment, as it can see farther and darker planets,” Peng Bo, director of the NAO Radio Astronomy Technology Laboratory, told Xinhua. Read more