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Under Ancient Skies: Ancient Astronomy and Terrestrial Catastrophism Hardcover – 1 Dec 2005


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Third Millenium Publishing (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952502925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952502920
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In all of the world's myths and religions we find traditions of a Great Flood. There are stories too of a Golden Age: the antediluvian paradise that it destroyed. Might these be real memories of the ancient world? And how can we analyse the subject scientifically? The key to unlock these ancient myths lies in astronomy. "Under Ancient Skies" will examine the astronomical evidence for an ancient cataclysm and in the process will explore a number of related anomalies in prehistory, including: Was there a single great flood in human prehistory, or have there been many? Could the workings of ancient calendars and the records of ancient eclipses give us clues about the Flood and the antediluvian world? Did the Celtic Druids use a calendar based on the orbit of Saturn; and is this the same antediluvian calendar as is described in Plato's myth of Atlantis? Do Hindu, Chinese and Mayan cosmology myths recall the years after the Flood when our world wobbled on its axis? Did these same events trigger the building of astronomically aligned monuments such as Stonehenge and the pyramids? Was the Atenist religion of the heretic Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten inspired by a series of total eclipses during his lifetime? Do the seven good years and the seven bad years of the Joseph story recall a time when a comet struck the Earth? Did the British Druids use astronomy to calculate the size of the Earth; and could they have used this knowledge to navigate to America? Why were the ancient Celts so afraid that the sky would one day fall on their heads? Are comets and asteroids the only danger lurking in the cosmos - or could there be other dangers as yet unknown to science? In 1994 we all watched as a comet struck the giant planet Jupiter. Geologists have recently found the crater in Yucatan, where an asteroid impact destroyed the world of the dinosaurs. Scientists and astronomers have stopped dismissing the theory that a comet could have struck the Earth during prehistory - but any suggestion that a comet impact just a few thousand years ago might have caused the Biblical Flood, remains the last taboo. It is time for this barrier too to be washed away. If you read this book and you understand it then be warned - it may scare you!

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Under Ancient Skies:
Ancient Astronomy and Terrestrial Catastrophism
or
The Astronomical Evidence for Noah’s Flood

In all of the world’s myths and religions we find traditions of a Great Flood. There are stories too of a Golden Age: the antediluvian paradise that it destroyed. Might these be real memories of the ancient world? And how can we analyse the subject scientifically?
The key to unlock these ancient myths lies in astronomy. Under Ancient Skies will examine the astronomical evidence for a prehistoric cataclysm and in the process will explore a number of related anomalies in prehistory, including:
• Was there a single great flood in human prehistory, or have there been many?
• Could the workings of ancient calendars and the records of ancient eclipses give us clues about the Flood and the antediluvian world?
• Did the Celtic Druids use a calendar based on the orbit of Saturn; and is this the same antediluvian calendar that is described in Plato’s myth of Atlantis?
• Do Hindu, Chinese and Mayan cosmology myths recall the years after the Flood when our world wobbled on its axis?
• Did these same events trigger the building of astronomically aligned monuments such as Stonehenge and the pyramids?
• Was the Atenist religion of the heretic Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten inspired by a series of eclipses during his lifetime?
• Do the seven good years and the seven bad years of the Joseph story recall a time when a comet struck the Earth?
• Did the British Druids use astronomy to calculate the size of the Earth; and could they have used this knowledge to navigate to America?
• Why were the ancient Celts so afraid that the sky would one day fall on their heads?
• Are comets and asteroids the only danger lurking in the cosmos – or could there be other dangers as yet unknown to science?
In 1994 we all watched as a comet struck the giant planet Jupiter. Geologists have recently discovered the crater in Yucatan, where an asteroid impact destroyed the world of the dinosaurs. Scientists and astronomers have stopped dismissing the theory that asteroids and comets could have struck the Earth during prehistory – but any suggestion that a comet impact just a few thousand years ago might have caused the Biblical Flood, remains the last taboo. It is time for this prejudice too, to be washed away.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Clapham on 5 Mar. 2006
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Readers will be attracted by different aspects of this book but what caught my fancy was the implications it had for geology. The idea that the axis of rotation can shift, and has shifted on more than one occasion, provides the perfect mechanism to explain the Ice Ages - but not only that, a wobble in the axis of rotation in conjunction with Clube and Napier's hypothetical comet that broke up in the solar system over the last ten thousand years provides the dust in the atmosphere to explain the Oldest, Older, and Younger Dryas Event. A change in the axis of rotation could also explain the Mid Holocene warm event and let me explain how this might be. The climate in northern Europe became warmer and the treeline extended further north than it does now, and to a greater altitude on northern Europes mountains. Indeed, it is reckoned that the tundra shrank in Siberia, or at least the Siberian temperature was warmer. It did not of course unfreeze the mammoth remains in the far north, on the coastline of the Arctic Ocean. However, in conjunction with ample evidence the Sahel (savannah) moved northwards so that what is now the Sahara desert became attractive to human settlement, in the period preceding the Old Kingdom of Egypt, one might say the latitudes changed for a period of roughly 2500-3000 years. This is in contrast to global warming sceptics who use the Mid Holocene warm period to claim there has been far higher global warming in the past history of the earth. We may also note that in Australia the Mid Holocene warm period was in contrast, cool. There is also ample evidence of the growth of glaciers in the mountains of Patagonia and New Zealand's south island.Read more ›
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