Stargazing

Collection by National Museums Scotland

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Thousands of years ago, people started measuring the stars and Sun. We know this because of monuments like Stonehenge and the pyramids, which were built in line with the Sun or stars. The position of the stars have been shown on many types of maps, from accurate scientific instruments to artistic drawings of the constellations. This selection is from the National Museums Scotland collection, many of which can be seen in the Earth in Space gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.

National Museums Scotland
Globe of the Moon, in plaster, with relief features on the visible hemisphere, late century. Moon Globe, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Globes, Plaster, Constellations

Moon globe

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Norse stone cross slab with representations of the sun and the moon, from Doid Mhairi, Islay, c. Space Gallery, Earth From Space, 11th Century, Stonehenge, Stone Carving, National Museum, Stargazing, Constellations, Archaeology

Cross slab

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

View and purchase art by Ohara Koson and other Japanese artists. Extensive online gallery includes hundreds of fine prints. Japanese etchings, wood block, silkscreen, stencil from famous artists. Japanese Prints, Japanese Art, Ohara Koson, Quoth The Raven, Crows Ravens, Free Illustrations, Woodblock Print, Print Artist, Asian Art

Woodblock print

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Lade's relief model of the moon, by Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen), Berlin, 1899 Moon Globe, Celestial Map, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Architecture, Constellations

Moon globe

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colour woodblock print, centre sheet of a triptych depicting three young women standing beside a palanquin at night, with two puppies at their feet and a full moon and bats flying overhead: Japan, by Keisai Eisen, c. Japanese Style, Japanese Art, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Triptych, National Museum, Woodblock Print, Stargazing, World Cultures

National Museums Scotland

At National Museums Scotland we care for collections of national and international importance. Our wealth of objects represents everything from Scottish and international archaeology to applied arts and design, from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world. Find out more about our four museums, the National Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Flight, National Museum of Rural Life and National War Museum, and explore our collections here.

Sheet from a colour woodblock triptych print entitled Setsugekka no uchi: Tsuki (Snow, Moon and Flowers: Moon), depicting Prince Genji and ladies in a moonlit garden with a verandah: Japan, by Utagawa Kunisada, 1849 - 1852 Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, Triptych, National Museum, Stargazing, Japanese Art, Constellations, Fairy Tales

Tsuki (Moon)

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Autumn Moon Landscape, by Utagawa Hiroshige Japanese Prints, Japanese Art, Vintage Art, Vintage World Maps, Space Gallery, Japanese Landscape, Wallpaper Size, The Masterpiece, Triptych

Akashi ()

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Andō Hiroshige [Utagawa Hiroshige] (Japanese, - Night View of Saruwakacho, from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" [Meisho edo hyakkei], - Woodblock print Nocturne, Japanese Art Prints, Sky Moon, Arte Popular, Woodblock Print, Vintage Japanese, Traditional Art, Asian Art, Lovers Art

Saruwaka-machi yoru no kei (Night View of Saruwaka-machi)

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Porcelain plate with moulded geese and blue rushes under the full moon, Hirado Mikawachi ware: Japan, Hizen province, Mikawachi, 1860 - 1880 Space Gallery, Japanese Porcelain, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Full Moon, Japanese Art, Constellations

Plate

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Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here. Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Constellations, Globe, Instruments, Science

Celestial globe

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Celestial globe, on a table stand with four legs, by W. Bardin, Fleet Street, London, 1785 Celestial Map, Space Gallery, Fleet Street, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Four Legged, Stargazing, Constellations

Celestial globe

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Scottish-born Alexander Dalrymple was a significant figure in Britain’s maritime history. James Cook, John Thomas, East India Company, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Art Uk, National Museum, Your Paintings, Stargazing

Painting

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Datebook: ‘Reflecting Telescopes’ at the National Museum of Scotland Reflecting Telescope, Up To The Sky, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Night Skies, Science And Technology

Reflecting Telescopes

People throughout history have looked up to the sky for answers: to measure time, mark seasons, and navigate vast oceans. The sky at night inspires with beautiful images, and promises answers to big questions.

James Gregory was a contemporary of Isaac Newton, both often worked simultaneously on similar projects. Gregory published an innovative design for a ‘reflecting’ telescope in Reflecting Telescope, Brandywine Valley, Space Gallery, Isaac Newton, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Innovation Design

Who was James Gregory?

James Gregory was a contemporary of Isaac Newton, both often worked simultaneously on similar projects. Gregory published an innovative design for a ‘reflecting’ telescope in 1663.

silvered glass telescope speculum, G With, 1878 Reflecting Telescope, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, 17th Century, Science And Technology, Constellations

Reflecting telescopes in the 18th and 19th centuries

By the end of the 17th century science was enormously popular at all levels of British society. Throughout the 18th and 19th century there was intense competition amongst a number of specialist astronomical instrument makers.

4 inch reflecting telescope, by James Short of Edinburgh, 1737 Reflecting Telescope, Tales Series, Space Gallery, Earth From Space, Stonehenge, National Museum, Stargazing, Science And Technology, Constellations

James Short's Reflecting Telescopes

During James Short's 35-year career as a telescope-maker in both Edinburgh and London, he produced about 1360 instruments. Short's telescopes were sold to observatories and customers all over the world.