Date(s) - 09/17/2022
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Mount Wilson Observatory
Mount Wilson Observatory presents Saturday Evening Talks and Telescopes 2022.
George Ellery Hale was not just invested in state-of-the-art California mountaintop observatories. His astronomical interests reached back into antiquity, and he was particularly bonded with ancient Egypt. Although Egypt’s contribution to astronomy is well known, its influence on Sudan, just south of Egypt, is unfamiliar to most.
In January, 2020, Griffith Observatory Director Dr. E.C. Krupp traveled to Sudan to examine the influence of Egypt’s astronomy on Sudan’s pyramids, shrines, and tombs. He also went looking for the lost sun god of Sudan. He reports here the results of that search and provides a perspective on ancient Sudan’s symbolic use of the sky.
Dr. Ed Krupp, director of Griffith Observatory since 1974, is internationally recognized as an expert in archaeoastronomy, studying how ancient cultures viewed the sky and how those views affected their cultures. In addition to his work at Griffith Observatory, he is noted for his many contributions to the field in which he has written extensively.
He has visited and studied nearly 2,000 prehistoric and historic sites worldwide, regularly leading field study tours to exotic locations that have astronomical and archaeological interest. He is an author and editor of several books on the celestial component of human belief systems, a regular contributing editor in Sky & Telescope magazine, a frequent lecturer, and has written several books for children.
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