|EARLY EXPLORATION OF SPACE
Observing the components of the
Universe are dependent upon the human ability to look beyond the
Earth. Prior to the invention of the telescope, people had few tools
to explore space. Egyptians carefully watched the Sun for years
and recorded the sunrises and sunsets with just their eyes as their
guide. They were the first to record the position of stars in the
heaven repeats after 365 sunrises and sunsets. People in Egypt, India,
China, Mesopotamia, and the Americas also observed the stars
and divided them into recognizable groups which are now called constellations.
Most civilizations realized that there are 7 planetary bodies
that moved, the Sun, the Moon, and 5 planets and created legends and
myths of these gods. Other early cultures, from all the continents,
based many beliefs on astronomical observations, but all these
early people just used their sight as their only tool.
This planetary nebula could not be seen by ancient