Stars, nearly since time began, have been used for guidance in travel, time and even used as a calendar. Scientists have very highly powered telescopes to see far into the deep sky, and even amateurs with the correct data and reasonably powered telescopes can see far into the heavens to get a glimpse of the world above us. Classes on a variety of levels, are available to teach those who wish to learn, all about astronomy.
One group of people, the Hohokam Indians, who lived in the Phoenix Basin of Arizona knew the skies well and have been hailed as great engineers creating elaborate irrigation systems for their farming communities. They also built what is known as the Hohokam Observatory in the Casa Grande, Arizona area. The prehistoric adobe observatory was four stories which marked solar and possibly other celestial cycles. The walls are said to have been one meter thick! Around the observatory are boulders containing petroglyphs which some believe reveals scientific data. Thirteen strategic dots and symbols on a large boulder facing southwest align with the sun which possibly indicates time passing for their thirteen month lunar calendar. Other indicators on the site reveal a highly scientific phenomenon through this prehistoric people. 1
I admit, I am not even remotely qualified to comment on the stars in any fashion, but I find them fascinating! It’s amazing to me that these huge luminous balls of gas, held together by their own gravity, containing heat up to 18 million degrees Fahrenheit remain in the sky year after year as reliable guides to those who would learn. There is something exhilarating about being outside on the evening of a great meteor shower. It's a wonder to watch the stars flicker across the sky, not knowing where they will land.
Stars, (which are small versions of the sun, just different pressures and heat temperatures) 2 are in my opinion an amazing natural wonder; as great as the wind that blows, the trees that grow or rain that falls, birds that sing, storms that form and the oceans that know just where to stop on shore! We live in an amazing, mysterious world with grandeur beyond imagination. I challenge you to stop, really stop, and look at the wonder around you. Breathe deep, appreciate, and enjoy this wondrous planet we call Earth. It's an amazing gift and one we should all treasure.