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ANCIENT SKIES

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

Star Projector at The George F. Beattie Planetarium, San Bernardino Valley College. San Bernardino, Calif.

Star Projector at The George F. Beattie Planetarium, San Bernardino Valley College. San Bernardino, Calif.

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Galileo's Letter to Benedetto Castelli at The Royal Society. London, UK.

Galileo's Letter to Benedetto Castelli at The Royal Society. London, UK.

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Persian Planispheric Astrolabe at Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.

Persian Planispheric Astrolabe at Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.

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Prague Astronomical Clock, Czech Republic

Prague Astronomical Clock, Czech Republic

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Remains of William Herschel's 40-foot telescope,  Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Remains of William Herschel's 40-foot telescope, Royal Observatory Greenwich.

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Director Harald Meller from State Museum for Prehistory. Halle (Saale), Germany.

Director Harald Meller from State Museum for Prehistory. Halle (Saale), Germany.

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