The Word Planet means Wanderer.  The Ancient Greeks could distinguish between Planets and Stars.
 
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_astronomy

MarkMeredith2002 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 14:38:09 -0000
Subject: [FairfieldLife] Re: New Jyotish
 
Hindus did make many significant early contributions to astronomy,
here's one of many good articles:

http://www.hvk.org/articles/0802/214.html

But the theory that only enlightened vedic sages traveling throughout
the universe knew about the planets in ancient history is not true.
Here's one of many sources on history of astronomy:


http://www.astroenergetics.com/HTML/History.html

Astronomy-astrology is said to have originated with the Chaldeans, in
Babylon, Mesopotamia, (now Iraq) around the fourth millennium BC. It
was practiced in the temples, where it was blended with religious
elements. Later, it spread to Egypt, and around the third millennium
BC was being used by rulers to predict the fate of nations: war or
peace, famine or plenty.

The Chinese were also skilled astronomers, and are thought to have
independently begun to use forms of prediction, along with the Maya of Central America and the peoples of ancient India. Some experts believe that Chinese astronomy may extend as far back as 5000 BC.

Recent researches into the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza suggest that
observation of heavenly bodies may have even more distant origins.
There is startling new evidence that the principal Giza monuments form
an accurate terrestial "map" of the three stars of Orion's belt as
these constellations appeared in 10,500 BC.


   bob_brigante <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Europeans for hundreds of centuries could not distinguish between
> planets and stars -- they were simply mysterious objects in the sky.
> If Jyotish sages did not know the difference, many thousands of years ago, between stars and planets, then they would have confounded the two in setting up Jyotish (the star Sirius is brighter than Saturn), but they did not:
 


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