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Charting the Celestial Landscape

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Open June 5 through October 10, 2021 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) during normal operating hours.

The charts seen here are representative of the scientific creativity of the past. Attempting to grasp the mysteries of the universe, ancient civilizations and cultures have over thousands of years traced the myriad of stars in the heavens into intricate patterns or constellations that represented godly beings, beastly creatures, and a multitude of prominent objects. As these depictions became increasingly important in the daily lives of the observers as time passed, a methodical and scientific approach to observation began to take form. This unique astronomical collection at MOAS was purchased through the Mombello-Russo Art Acquisition Fund.

Image Credit: Alexander Jemieson (1782-1850), Celestial Chart – Andromeda, Perseus, Triangula. Gift of Malcom C. Babb.

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