^Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud, Dr Françoise Praderie and Dr Susan Whitfield. The Dunhuang Chinese Sky: A Comprehensive Study Of The Oldest Known Star Atlas. 16 June 2009. The Dunhuang star atlas is one of the most spectacular documents of the history of astronomy. It is a complete representation of the Chinese sky including numerous stars and asterisms depicted in a succession of maps covering the full sky (Figure 1). Apart its aesthetic appeal, the document found on the Silk Road is remarkable as it is the oldest star atlas known today from any civilization.