Cultural astronomy is the study of how societies relate to celestial objects and their appearance in the sky.
Indigenous Arabian Astronomy
Dr. Danielle Adams studies the development of indigenous Arabian astronomy, from pre-Islam (ca. 500 CE) through the first centuries of the Abbasid Period (ca. 1000 CE). Fluent in Arabic, she lived in Beirut, Lebanon, for three years while studying Arabic poetry and Arabian astronomical texts. Her research presents for the first time Arabian stars within their own cultural contexts. At Lowell Observatory, she continues to be active in astronomy education, speaking to various groups about Arabian cultural astronomy and the heritage of the many Arabic star names astronomers use today. She is also an associate member of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Star Names, where she lends her expertise on Arabian and Islamic astronomical traditions.Learn more about Dr. Danielle Adams