PlanetQuest: The History of Astronomy

Astronomy has always been a vital part of every culture of the world, expressed in as diverse ways as the cultures themselves. In this History of Astronomy section we share some of the ways the peoples of the world have related to the skies for timekeeping, navigation, and creation cosmologies.

Europe

   
Newgrange
Stonehenge
The Blanchard Bone
   

Africa

   
Nabta Playa
Namoratunga
The Ishango Bone
   

North America

 Big Horn Medicine Wheel
 Astronomy of the Chumash
 Cahokia
 Chaco Canyon Sun Dagger

Asia

   
Early Chinese Astronomy
Early Indian Astronomy
Angkor Wat
   

South America

   
Machu Picchu
Astronomy of the Incas
   

Central America

   
The Dresden Codex
Chichén Itzá
Copan
   

Oceania

Pacific Island Voyagers
   
Astronomy of the Aborigines

All maps courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2004