The history of astronomy in Asia is rich and valuable to astronomers to this day. Observations made in 11th century China are used as evidence for phenomena we can still see in the sky. There have been many ingenious minds that have made breakthroughs in science in Asia. Mathematicians like Aryabhata and Brahmagupta may be unfamiliar names, but their discoveries are as important as any other scientists to have lived.
Usually, when talking about astronomy, it appears as though all knowledge originated from Europe. This is certainly not the case. Big names like Newton, Hooke, Galileo, and Kepler all fed off of each other’s work, leading to advancements being made but they did not come up with their ideas in a vacuum. In fact, even within Europe many female scientists have had their contributions ignored.
Though Oceania may be the least populous of the continents, it has a rich history of astronomy. Polynesian people, including Māori in New Zealand, used celestial navigation to dominate the oceans, spread out across thousands of miles. Everything changed when the British Empire invaded; native knowledge was suppressed and called heresy by missionaries misusing their power. Thankfully, with help and hard work from local astronomers, Oceanian astronomy is starting to get back on track.