World of Constellations

  • This map illustrates the animals, people, and objects imagined in the sky by more than 30 different civilizations. I've open-sourced all the code here in a tutorial that explains how to recreate the design​​​​​​
  • The map features asterisms - or patterns in the sky - from ancient and modern civilizations alike. Some of my favorites are the ancient Arabic asterisms (left, green), traditional Chinese and Korean (red and blue) and traditional Hawaiian (right, aqua).
  • The map is designed using asterism data from from Stellarium, an open-source planetarium software, and the HYG Star Database by David Nash. Because the equirectangular projection greatly distorts the North and South poles, I also included two alternate maps of the polar regions in the map key.