Changing Maps of the Stars

Map of the universe with earth in the center.


Map explaining how the planets revolved around the Earth.


dunhuang_star_mapThe Dunhuang Chinese star map, one of the oldest known star charts.

William Herschel’s map of the Milky Way, constructed by him looking through a telescope and his sister Caroline dutifully taking notes and marking the stars as he read off locations. This is the first proposition of the shape of our own galaxy, the Milky Way.

Here’s a link to some other diagrams of our ever evolving thoughts about space. 

And finally an artwork –

Milky Way burnt into philosophical text.

Clodagh Emoe (The Approach, 2006)


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