Solar Week - Ask a Question

Come here during Solar Week (next one: March 22-26, 2021) to interact. To post a question, click on your area of interest from the topics below, and then click on the "Ask New Question" button. Or EMAIL or tweet or plant in Answer Garden your question about the Sun or life as a scientist to us -- and watch for it to appear here.  You can also visit our FAQs (frequently asked questions). In between Solar Weeks in October and March, you can view all the archives here.

PrevPrev Go to previous topic
NextNext Go to next topic
Last Post 3/17/2014 6:27 AM by  Mitzi Adams
Ancient Civilizations
 1 Replies
You are not authorized to post a reply.
Author Messages



3/16/2014 8:40 PM
    Greetings, We were curious as to which ancient civilization was the first to study the sun? Thank You, Mayur & Yelena

    Mitzi Adams

    Basic Member

    Basic Member

    3/17/2014 6:27 AM

    Good morning Mayur and Yelena!

    It is difficult to know which civilization first studied the Sun, and it depend on what is meant by "studied". The Chinese certainly studied the sky and used their observations of the Sun and night-time constellations to predict all sorts of things, including when it was the right time to plant crops and when it was the right time for people to marry. There are suggestions that ancient Chinese actually saw sunspots reflected in pools of water; these spots would have to have been very large, of course. So, simple observations of the Sun have been carried out for more than 2000 years. However, around 1610, Galileo Galilei, Christoph Scheiner, Johannes and David Fabricius, and Thomas Harriot were the first to use a telescope to study the Sun. Thomas Harriot's observation of sunspots in December 1610 is the first on record (in the west).

    You are not authorized to post a reply.

    Twitter Feed

    Scientist Leaderboard

    Name # of replies
    Multiverse skin is based on Greytness by Adammer