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Jan van der Crabben
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I never knew that the Andromeda galaxy was this huge!
(( Compare the appearance of the moon and the Andromeda galaxy in the night sky))

Moon Over Andromeda

The Great Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda (aka M31), a mere 2.5 million light-years distant, is the closest large spiral to our own Milky Way. Andromeda is visible to the unaided eye as a small, faint, fuzzy patch, but because its surface brightness is so low, casual skygazers can't appreciate the galaxy's impressive extent inplanet Earth's sky. This entertaining composite image compares the angular sizeof the nearby galaxy to a brighter, more familiar celestial sight. In it, a deep exposure of Andromeda, tracing beautiful blue star clusters in spiral arms far beyond the bright yellow core, is combined with a typical view of a nearly full Moon. Shown at the same angular scale, the Moon covers about 1/2 degree on the sky, while the galaxy is clearly several times that size. The deep Andromeda exposure also includes two bright satellite galaxies, M32 and M110(bottom).


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We now have over 1,000,000 monthly unique visitors on Ancient History Encyclopedia! This makes us without a doubt the world’s #1 ancient history website. 
http://etc.ancient.eu/2015/09/05/new-record-1-million-monthly-readers/
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Ancient History Encyclopedia has 19 magazines, 1,408 articles, and 12,403 followers on Flipboard. If you still haven't checked it out, now is the time! https://flipboard.com/@aheflipboard
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Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room. You might peek through the doors into other rooms or look for light spilling in through the windows. But, in the end, the walls and lack of visibility would largely prevent you from seeing the big picture.

The job of mapping our own Milky Way galaxy from planet Earth, situated about two-thirds of the way out from the galaxy's center, is similarly difficult. Clouds of dust permeate the Milky Way, blocking our view of the galaxy's stars. Today, researchers have a suitable map of our galaxy's spiral structure, but, like early explorers charting new territory, they continue to patiently and meticulously fill in the blanks.

Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1M7FjZg
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The Chokehold of Calendars

Sometimes, a few paragraphs summarize things you've been thinking about but couldn't put into words. https://medium.com/@monteiro/the-chokehold-of-calendars-f70bb9221b36 did just that for me.
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Palmyra (also known as Tadmor) is mentioned frequently in the news, as the so-called Islamic State is advancing on this ancient gem of a ruined city in Syria. The formerly prosperous metropolis of Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with good reason. From 44 BCE to 272 CE, the city became a wealthy trade centre at the crossroads between Roman, Greek, and Persian cultures. Located in an oasis in the Syrian desert along key trade routes across the ancient world, it was an important hub for trade, and many caravans passed through this city, increasing its wealth. Its architecture and arts reflects this mix of styles and economic wealth.

http://buff.ly/1LhuOCL #Palmyra #Syria #TheMiddleEast #AncientRome #Persia #UNESCO #AncientHistory #History #AncientHistoryEncyclopedia

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Earth isn't the only ocean world in our solar system. Oceans could exist in diverse forms on moons and dwarf planets, offering clues in the quest to discover life beyond our home planet.

Check out this infographic about these ocean worlds: http://go.nasa.gov/1E0QsKi

#NASABeyond
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The Aztecs engaged in warfare (yaoyotl) as a way to acquire territory, resources, quash rebellions, and to collect sacrificial victims to honour their gods. Warfare was a fundamental part of Aztec culture with all males expected to actively participate. Battle was regarded as both a perpetual religious and political necessity.
The Aztecs were so accomplished in combat that they eventually forged an empire which covered 200,000 square kilometres and, at the height of their power, they extracted tribute from 371 city-states across 38 provinces.

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#Mexico #Aztec #Mesoamerica #Warfare #Civilization #AncientHistory #History #AncientHistoryEncyclopedia

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The Minoan civilization flourished in the middle Bronze Age on the Mediterranean island of Crete from c.2000 BCE- c.1500 BCE. With their unique art and architecture, the Minoans made a significant contribution to the development of Western European civilization as it is known today.
Minoan settlements, tombs and cemeteries have been found all over Crete, most famous of all are the four principal palace sites (in order of size) Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros. At each of these sites, large, complex palace structures of two or three stories and covering several thousand square metres seem to have acted as local administrative, trade, religious and possibly political centres.

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#Greece #AncientGreece #Minoan #Crete #Civilization #Culture #SirArthurEvans #AncientHistory #History #AncientHistoryEncyclopedia
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