The Cosmos In Miniature

Long before there were ever interactive star maps on phones—or even phones for that matter—there were carefully drawn charts on paper. Simple, yet so beautiful.

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This particular chart is considered the "oldest surviving Anglo-American star map" and was drawn by Simeon De Witt in 1780. It is currently being exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute as part of the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery. [Smithsonian via BibliOdyssey]

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