Astrology:A group of systems, traditions, andbeliefs which hold that the relative positions ofcelestial objects like stars, planets, comets, andgalaxies and related details can provide usefulinformation and personality, human affairs, andother terrestrial matters.Astronomy:The scientific study of celestial objects(such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) andphenomena that originate outside the Earthsatmosphere (such as the cosmic backgroundradiation).
A celestial map from the 17thcentury, by the Dutchcartographer Frederik De Wit.A celestial map from the 17thcentury, by the Dutchcartographer Frederik De Wit.Zodiac in 6thcentury,A very popular branch ofAstrology
Popular Practices– FortuneTelling– Zodiac– Horoscope Purposes¤ Marriage fixing¤ Puja¤ Inauguration of something¤ Personal reason
Don’t have the proper idea of Astrologyand Astronomy They think, both Astronomy andAstrology is Science Their idea about Astronomy is to find outwhat is happening around earth andAstrology is study and predict about howrelative positions of stars, galaxiesrelated to human affairs.
Ð How much they are aware about Astrology andAstronomyÐ Popularity of Astrology in BangladeshÐ How much people believe on itWhy?What I wanted to know: How much they do care about the proper knowledge and definitionof these terms.
What is the nature of science?What is Astrology?What is Astronomy?What is the use of Astrology?Why people believe on Astrology?Does it always happen as whatAstrology says?Is there any influence of Sun,Moon and Starson the human fate?Why people think thatAstrology and Astronomyis the same thing?
People think that, Astrology is to talk abouttheir fate calculating the positions of starsand planetsPositions of stars and planets influence humanfate highlyPeople think, study of Astronomy is Astrologyand Astrologers study AstronomyAstrologers can tell their fate or future usingAstrology and they are proper & true.
1. Primary Research Planned to do a survey Target Group: Common People2. Secondary Research Had to go through Internet Took help from NSU & PublicLibrary Newspaper cutting, Magazines
Male = 23 Female = 11Students = 33 Professional = 115-20 Years = 15 20-25 Years = 19
Q1. How do you define science?A.The fact of knowing somethingB.Knowledge or understanding of a truthC.Knowledge gained through study or practiceD.All of the aboveE.Others
Q2. What is your idea about Astronomy?A.Scientific study of celestial bodies like stars, planets, galaxiesB.Measuring positions of stars, planets, galaxiesC.Study about how relative positions of stars, galaxies related to human affairsD.Combination of all of the above
Q3. What is the main purpose of Astronomy?A.To find out, what is happening around earthB.To find what will happen in our future lifeC.How earth is madeD.Others
Q4. Which one of the below is the example of Astronomy?A.To find out if there is any unknown galaxyB.To find out whether if there is any affect of Mars on usC.To find out a best and perfect time to do good workD.None of the above
Q5. What is your idea about Astrology?A.Scientific study of stars, planets, galaxiesB.Measuring positions of stars, planets, galaxiesC.Study and predict about how relative positions of stars, galaxies related tohuman affairsD.None of the above
Q6. Which one of the below is an example of Astrology?A.To find out if there is any unknown galaxyB.To find out whether if there is any affect of Mars on usC.To find out a best and perfect time to do good workD.None of the above
Q7. What is the best field of Astronomy?A.To research about the outer spaceB.To research about how life startedC.Prediction of future eventsD.Observation of sky
Q8. What is the most popular practice or example of Astrology?A.HoroscopeB.ZodiacC.Fortune TellingD.Others
Q9. How far do you believe in astrological concept like horoscope, zodiac,fortune telling etc.?A.I have complete faith on themB.Sometimes I believe on themC.I never believe on themD.Others
Q10. Considering the definition of science, how far do you think Astronomy isa science?A.Pure scienceB.Somehow scienceC.Not a branch of scienceD.Not sure about it
Q11. Considering Astrology as a pseudoscience or superstition, how far doyou think Astrology is a science?A.Pure scienceB.Somehow scienceC.Not a branch of scienceD.Not sure about it
Q12. How far do you think Astronomy and Astrology is same and related?A.Almost sameB.Somehow sameC.Some difference is thereD.Two different concepts.
The majority of people had clear idea about Science Among participants, one group had proper idea aboutAstronomy, but the other group didn’t. Most of the participants had the right idea about theobjective of Astronomy. Majority of participants were able to pick the right exampleof Astronomy. Most of the participants were familiar with the termAstrology, which was out of my expectation. Surprisingly most of them were able to find out the bestexample of Astrology from several options. But, unfortunately most of them had the wrong idea aboutAstrology’s main purpose.
According to the participants, Zodiac is the mostcommon and favorite practice of Astrology inBangladesh When they were asked, one group replied theysometimes believe on Astrology and the othergroup does not. Most of the participants believe that Astronomyis a branch of science In case of Astrology, most of them believe thatAstrology is based on superstition and is not abranch of science and only a very few of thembelieve that, Astrology is somehow a science.
Provide right conceptions aboutAstronomy and Astrology Publish, translate educational books Make films on Astrology and Astronomy Organize workshops, seminars Arrange sky observation camps Demonstrate people about the stars andplanets