The Oldest-Known Depiction of Space
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.
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.
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