Ancient Skies


Airs Mondays at 9 p.m., beginning June 14

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

June 14: Gods and Monsters

Explore the origins of our relationship with the skies. Our ancestors use the sky to navigate and tell time, and give religious significance to what they see in it. Then, a revolution gives birth to modern science.

June 21: Finding the Center

Follow the efforts to give the Earth a shape and a place. From flat Earth legends to Galileo’s telescope, track major changes in scientific understanding. Ideas rise and fall as we continue to explore our ancient skies.

June 28: Our Place in the Universe

Complete the puzzle of our ancient skies. A cast of scientific pioneers reshapes the solar system and better understands a growing universe. But there is still much more space to explore.

Watch now: All three parts of “Ancient Skies” are available online and on the PBS Video app for Arizona PBS members via Passport.

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