Observing Jupiter with the Ancient Babylonians

Tablets dating back to the Ancient Babylonians have been discovered and recently translated by a team of historians led by Dr Mathieu Ossendrijver in Berlin. The tablets appear to accurately describe the transit of Jupiter in the night sky 1500 years before European discovery of the planet.

To figure out just how important this is to our understanding of calculus and astronomy in history, Sam spoke to Dr. Fred Watson from the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Sam asked Fred why the dicsovery was such a shake up.

Producer: Kevin Suarez

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