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This ancient Chinese map of planet Earth's northern sky is part of the Dunhuang Star Atlas, one of the most impressive documents in the history of astronomy. The oldest complete star atlas known, it dates to the years 649 to 684. In this example showing the north polar region, a very recognizable Big Dipper, part of the modern constellation Ursa Major, lies along the bottom of the chart.

APOD: 2009 June 19 - Dunhuang Star Atlas

Map of Beijing, published in 1937.

Armillary Sundials

Beverly Rayner, Vision of power (electric light), Museum of Mesmerism


Well-Worn Globe

gLOBE steampunk

Pub Signs :: The Globe - London England Pub.jpg picture..."where heritage and hospitality are on tap" by RobotNine - Photobucket

Whipple Musuem: Ptolemaic armillary sphere

globes - I'm swooning!


Antique scrimshaw miniature globe

Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper’s Bazaar August 1949

Sweet little yellow globe

Stone globe at Colorado University.

chalk board globe

Celestial Globe with Clockwork, dated 1579 Movement by Gerhard Emmoser (Austrian, active 1556, died 1584) Made in Vienna, Austria

Terrestrial table globe - National Maritime Museum, date made 1588 AD

A Burmese map of the world, showing traces of Medieval European map-making. (1906)

anatomy of a horse from 9th century AH (15th century AD) egyptian document.

Kitab-i Bahriye (Book of the Sea) Venice, as rendered by Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis in his Kitab-i Bahriye, a book of portolan charts and sailing directions produced in the early 16th century.

Antarctic Regions

A Korean map from the 1800s, entitled “Map of Heaven and Earth”