Astrology is what is known as a pseudoscience. This means that it is presented as a science, but it does not have the same theoretically construction that is required to be considered a science. However, this does not mean that astrology doesn’t have qualities that are scientific in nature.
What Is Science?
Science is the systematic study of a subject. It requires the use of a seven step process of discovery that is called the scientific method or scientific inquiry. In order to be considered scientific the conclusions drawn need to be studied objectively, they need to utilize an experiment that can be replicated by anyone with the right equipment and training, and that can also produce results that mirror those obtained in the original experiment.
Why Isn’t Astrology a Science?
The main reason why astrology is not considered to be a science is that it is based in mysticism and mythology, as opposed to facts. This means that the theories that are used to draw conclusions in astrology are not based on facts, and because of this they cannot be considered scientific predictions. However, this doesn’t mean that occasionally astrologists don’t make accurate predictions.
Ways Astrology Is Scientific
The scientific method starts by making observations of a system or a test sample. These observations are used to make predictions that are then tested. Astrology has followed these basic steps. Astrology, which utilizes the positions of the celestial bodies in the sky, birthdates and other personal factors to make predictions, is based on centuries of observations of astronomical events. As these events took place astrologers began to note patterns in human behavior that seemed to correlate with the event. The astrologers then created a model that could be used to make predictions about future events.
The Fly in the Ointment
While astrology can produce predictions that are accurate in certain cases, it is difficult to replicate accurate predictions consistently with different researchers. This indicates that it may be just coincidental that some predictions come true.
Another factor that makes astrological predictions seem accurate for a large number of people is that they are worded in a manner that is very general in nature. This allows each person to interpret the prediction differently, which increases the chances that the prediction will “come true.”
Value of Astrology
Astrology is considered to be a component of the New Age religious movement, even though it has been a part of human culture for millennium. While astrology may not provide humans with an accurate way to predict the future it does have a few very valuable by-products. First of all astrology can be a great form of entertainment. It is fun to have your horoscope cast or your future predicted at a party or at a street fair.
Secondly, the study of various astrology systems from different cultures can help scientists understand social structures and belief systems, and in some cases they can even help to uncover unique astronomical phenomenon and events that took place in the past.
Not long ago, I had noted that I’d written a number of articles on astronomy. Perhaps you also as a teenager went to “star parties” and looked out at the stars with telescopes during some type of celestial event? This is how it all starts, and how astronomers get hooked on the topic. Although I am not an astronomer by any means, I am fascinated by it all still to this day. I got to thinking the other day about the type of advice I would give to someone writing quality content in the form of online articles on this subject. Below are some of my thoughts.
When writing articles on astronomy subjects article authors should carefully consider their strategy, as there are so many inter-related topics. Also, a writer shouldn’t forget that there so many different levels of understanding with different reader segments. It’s very easy to talk over the reader’s head, and that just causes hurt feelings, of course if you are talking to or writing for a grad student level reader, nothing is going to turn them off faster than low-level warm and fuzzy online Internet fluff.
Oh, don’t get me wrong there is a time for that too, and it helps to spread awareness amongst the masses on such a fascinating topic, but all the same, you need to know your audience.
Next, you need to consider what you are writing about, it’s a huge subject; the Universe, you know? Where should you start, at the beginning? Maybe, maybe the big bang? Or maybe you could write about the foundation and history of astronomy, the instruments used to measure and view celestial bodies. Perhaps, you could talk about our space probes, understanding, questions, observatories, and the incremental knowledge base that just keeps growing.
Perhaps, you want to deal with more local issues, for instance our own solar system; the planets, our sun, asteroids, meteors, comets, NEOs, etc. and then you might wish to write another series of articles on stars and suns, perhaps another on galaxies, how they formed, black holes, dark matter, light, and the overall realm of what we call cosmology.
There are new innovations and technologies in visualization of the universe, virtual reality, and concepts of future long-term space travel – and you could get into a bit of Science Fiction too. I have done that, and it is fun to think, ponder, write, and come up with and share new ideas, theories, and concepts.
What I’m saying to you is this; if you carefully plan your strategy to produce quality content in this category you might just help the cause as mankind continues to ponder all that is, because soon we will boldly go. Please consider all this and think on it.
The star-lit sky is one of nature’s most amazing displays that most of us have taken for granted. We have become very busy in our lives that we usually have no time to look at the heavens above us. We are already dead tired at the end of the day. In addition, most of us live in urban areas where the city lights have outshined the stars and only those in the countryside have the advantage of crystal clear view of the spectacular show.
Some people have been inspired by these cosmic phenomena to either start a career in astronomy or engage in a hobby. Astronomers, physicists, and other scientists have begun their quest for space exploration by just looking at the stars in the night sky.
They have a never-ending curiosity on how the solar system, stars, and other foreign bodies came into being. Their efforts have given us the knowledge on how the universe as a whole gave way to our own existence. Amateurs have looked at the sky and stirred up great desire to learn more about the heavens in their own way. It is not surprising that these space hobbyists at the past and present were able to discover previously unknown planets, stars, and galaxies.
They have even predicted certain changes in space that scientists have overlooked in their observations.
Your passion for astronomy may have started from a feeling of awe that you experienced at a camping trip with your friends. A total solar eclipse may have got you scrambling outside your home to watch it. There a lots of sightings that inspired many people to start this sky-gazing hobby.
A budding amateur astronomer such as you should read various books regarding astronomy. There are reading materials that can be found in public libraries and even on the internet. Among the most important things to note during your research is to know the orbits of planets in the solar system and the position of the stars at different times of the year.
Nevertheless, experience is the greatest teacher that will enable you to learn more about celestial objects. You need to invest on equipment that will give you a clear vision of space at night. A constellation map is also a vital tool in charting the various formations of stars seen in the sky.
For starters, a good set of astronomy binoculars can be used in stargazing. Be sure to acquire one that is suited for this purpose because these are very comfortable to carry around. This gadget also has unique features that can zoom in images of stars and other planetary bodies.
As you conduct even more comprehensive research on astronomy, specialized and long-sized personal space telescopes are recommended. However, you don’t need to buy the most sophisticated ones in order for you to enjoy your hobby. Look for those that are affordable and can function well.
There are times when you want to go to different places to observe the formation of stars as well as rare phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses. Hence, you should also ensure that the device can withstand long-term use and for adverse conditions.
Of course, no one can stop you from owning the ultimate telescope system. However, you need someone who has specialized knowledge on its operation. A few tweaks done on the instrument and you can spend long hours watching the heavens beyond the naked eye and towards the unknown.