Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different
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When we look at the Earth from outside the solar system, the idea of it being in any particular direction seems less obvious, as there are no poles or signposts to provide any directional perspective.
In the experience of astronomers, there is no direction in space.
European explorers like Christopher Columbus navigated the seas guided by the North Star, but it was the 16th Century geographer Gerardus Mercator, whose 1569 world map provided contemporary knowledge about the geography of the world while correcting the charts for sailors.
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