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Sky, Cosmos, and Culture: Home

Resources from across time and around the world related to astronomy and culture.

Guide Map

- About this guide

Star Names, Maps, and Myths
- Resources on star naming systems used around the world
- Links to major sky maps (cross-cultural)
- Constellations, stars, and mythic narratives
- Education initiatives, exhibits, and other media experiences

Finding Books and Articles
- Astronomy
- Archaeology and Anthropology
- Other Topics/General

Charting Our Futures
- Astrological systems
- Ancient critiques of astrology

Modern Astronomy Around the World
- Stories about modern astronomy around the world
- Colonialism, imperialism, and modern astronomy

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Sirius. The Arrow-Star. Tir. Tishtrya. Tishiga. Al Shi'ra. Al Kalb Al Akbar. Rehua. Tau-ua. Hoku-Kauopae. Takurua. Throughout history, each visible star has had many names, and nowhere is this more evident than Sirius — the brightest star in the night sky.

This guide, "Sky, Cosmos, and Culture," will bring to light many resources that showcase the diverse ways in which people have viewed the night sky, with an emphasis on cultural and historical astronomy — which, for completeness, includes some resources on astrology — for any Yale affiliates who are doing papers for courses in these areas. It is especially useful for anyone taking ASTR 135: Archaeoastronomy.

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