Contributed Talk - Splinter Culture

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 09:20   (virtual Cult)

Stellarium Sky Cultures: Painting Babylonian

Jessica Gullberg, Susanne Hoffmann, Steven Gullberg
Michael Stifel Center for Data Driven Science of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, University of Oklahoma

"Sky Culture" in Stellarium is the term for a set of stick figures and drawings for constellations as well as name labels of stars and planets in the indigenous cultures. The Babylonian constellations are not preserved as depictions and only their names survived through the millennia. Due to the preserved dates of risings and settings and the divine paths in MUL.APIN, it is possible to roughly estimate their location. By additionally using the GU-text, some positions can be given more precision and the descriptions in the uranology texts help to imagine the figures. In our contribution, we will summarize the celestial jigsaw puzzle of paintings that must be fitted to the stars.