Explore The Universe

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Exploring the Universe with the Naked Eye

From before the dawn of history until less than 400 years ago, our Universe consisted of what we could see with our eyes: a sky filled with objects in constant motion. The Earth seemed to rest at the center of a starry sphere, and the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars appeared to move around the Earth. People used measuring instruments to map the stars and to plot the changing positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets in order to understand and predict their motions.

Featured Artifacts in this section:

Astrolabe French Astrolabe Islamic Globe Quadrant Atrolabe Tycho Armillary Sphere
Islamic Celestial
Tycho Armillary Sphere


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