The Chinese star chart is the earliest known manuscript atlas of the night sky.
It was produced in central China around 700 and it shows over 1,300 stars visible to the naked eye – centuries before the telescope was invented.
The scroll was one among 40,000 manuscripts in a Buddhist library cave, and lay hidden after the cave was sealed in about AD 1000 until its rediscovery in 1900. Who made it and how it ended up there will probably always be a mystery.
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