Ever wondered while staring at the starlit night sky that how far the stars are from us, or ever tried to count them and get lost in the process. I, on the contrary has always tried to draw patterns with them. Stars, planets, moon, the constellations, everything about astronomy has always fascinated the minds of everyone at some point in their life . The never-ending subject of astronomy is engrossing and empowering in itself.
For centuries, astronomy has captivated the minds of the people. Everyone found a different perspective from it. The historians found their characters in them; the scholars found their subject of romance and beauty in them; the scientists tried to solve the puzzle within; the children and youngsters find their fairy tales and aspirations in them.
Thus, the association of human beings with astronomy is an age old process. Every country has their own set of myths associated with astronomy. Our night sky is the compilation of such myths both ancient and modern. But, the most influencing of all is the Greek and Roman mythology. Most of the constellations are named after Greek mythical characters. Like, Orion, who is known to be the mighty hunter. Hercules, named after the greatest Greek hero, a paragon of masculinity. The constellations are mostly named after Greek heroes and beasts that are favored by the Gods and have found their place among the stars as an achievement of their great deeds.
The planets on the other hand bear names from the Roman mythology. Mercury, the fastest messenger of god is also the fastest revolving planet around the sun.
Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, is the brightest star in the night sky.
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, is also the most powerful of all Roman gods.
As Edwin P Hubble said in his Realm of the Nebulae, (1936), “the history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons”.