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Astronomy= The branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

Astronomy has been an interest of mankind. From the drawings on stone of the heavens by early man, to modern astronomers peering light-years into space, man has had an interest in this vast subject. The earliest known recording of astronomical observation was by the Babylonians(~1600 BC). However all around the world at this time man was doing his best to explain what they did not know. Many early civilizations made attempts of tracking the planets, eclipses and the Sun. Some of these attempts were very advanced for the time and surprisingly accurate.

Astronomy would not be near as advanced as it is today without the visionaries of the field. Those such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Stephen Hawking and Galileo Galilei have made it possible to expand our understanding. Without Sir Isaac Newton's "laws of motion" or Edwin Hubbels's discovery of "red shift", it is not difficult to see how our progress would have been stunted.

Astronomy is forever changing as new theory and technology evolve. It seems for now it is an endless quest for more understanding.

Resources: History of Astronomy 7 Famous Astronomers You Should Know

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