Explore the Heavens Milky Way Globe Ancient Chinese Concepts of Change Omens in the Sun Aztec Calendar Wheel Constellations as Christian Saints Constellations from Classical Antiquity Persian Celestial Globe Buddhist Cosmological Map Picturing the Universe A Heliocentric Cosmos The Emperor's Astronomy

FROM CHILDREN'S STORIES to modern science, people across the ages have explained and ordered the universe in visual forms in order to better comprehend it. From the earliest times until today humans have developed imaginative accounts of the workings of their village, their region, the earth and the vast universe. The earliest maps and images of the heavens represent attempts to order the vast spaces of the skies above. Horizontal bands, concentric circles, and other creative solutions have been used for many centuries and in many cultures to depict the celestial sphere. Stars are used to orient one in relation to other objects. Paths are found across the land, sea, or space by re-finding the place of the stars. Tracing patterns in the sky—to form bears, dippers, even Christian saints—gives a sense of the enormity of the universe while making that universe seem more like home.

Explore the Earth Fejérváry-Mayer Codex Iroquois Creation Myth Celestial View of Earth Traditional Korean Map Wheel of Life T-O Map of the World Islamic World Map Medieval Islamic Map of the World Jaina World View