The Oldest-Known Depiction of Space

October 28, 2014 at 6:41 PM Leave a comment

So often lately I’ve been disgusted with human beings but in this case all I want to do is reach back in time and say yes!, we’re wondering what’s out there too, lo these thousands of years later.

2000–1600 B.C.

Excavated illegally in 1999 in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the extraordinary Nebra Sky Disc is considered both the first known portable astronomical instrument and the oldest-known graphic depiction of celestial objects in human history.

Made of a blue-green copper inset with lustrous gold, the twelve-inch-wide disc contains an arrangement of seven stars probably representing the Pleiades. They’re in between a crescent moon on the right and either the full moon or sun in the center.

Oldest Map of Space via Discover magazine

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