Ancient Skies

Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation, and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins.

With breathtaking CGI, beautiful landscape footage and some of the world's most important astronomical artifacts, Ancient Skies looks at the cosmos through the eyes of our ancestors, charting our changing views of the cosmos throughout history. We take a journey through past visions of the heavens from all over the world, and from the dawn of civilization to the recent past.

From hunter-gatherers to Edwin Hubble, we'll see the myriad of ways that we have observed and chronicled the movements of the heavens. And with a cast of expert historians and astronomers, we explain the science behind the phenomena that our ancestors sought to explain through mythology.

Throughout the series, we use cutting-edge animation to demonstrate our ever-evolving understanding of how the universe works and our place in an ever-expanding cosmos.

Show Info

Network: United States PBS (2019 - now)
Schedule: Wednesdays at 20:00 (60 min)
Status: Running
Show Type: Documentary

Official site: www.pbs.org

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Previous Episode

Our Place in the Universe

Episode 1x03; Aug 7, 2019

In Episode 3, we complete the puzzle of our ancient skies, collecting the missing pieces required for an accurate model of our universe. We break through the spheres that defined our skies for millennia, abandon the long-held idea of circular orbits,

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: Our Place in the UniverseAug 7, 2019
1x02: Finding the CenterJul 31, 2019
1x01: Gods and MonstersJul 24, 2019
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