List of places referred to as the Center of the Universe

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New York City, Manhattan, and Times Square are commonly referred to as "The Center of the Universe".[1][2]

Several places have been given the nickname "Center (or Centre) of the Universe". In addition, several fictional works have described a depicted location as being at the Center of the Universe.

Modern models of the Universe suggest it does not have a center, unlike previous systems which placed Earth (geocentrism) or the Sun (heliocentrism) at the Center of the Universe.

Nicknames of places[edit]


Plaque on the floor of the Space Flight Operations Facility of the NASA Deep Space Network proclaiming the site to be "The Center of the Universe"





  • Monument, educational trail and geographical point referred to as "Center of the World and the Universe", created by local artists near Vrbové town.[7]
United Kingdom[edit]

North America[edit]

  • Teotihuacan in modern-day Mexico – considered the Center of the Universe by many Mesoamerican tribes, including the Aztecs, and was a model city for the later indigenous civilizations. It was called the "birthplace of the gods" and heavily influenced the region despite being abandoned for centuries.[citation needed]
United States[edit]
Sign outside of the John B. Lindale House proclaiming Magnolia, Delaware as "The Center of the Universe around which the Earth revolves"


Kingsway, Glen Waverley is a major dining and entertainment area with a strong Asian influence and demography
  • Glen Waverley, Melbourne, Victoria – nicknamed "The Centre of the Universe" (Chinese: "宇宙中心") by the local Chinese residents due to its convenient location, ample amenities, good weather, and favourable living conditions.[24]


Depictions of a "Center of the Universe" in fiction include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Edward Robb Ellis. The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History. Basic Books. p. 593. Retrieved December 12, 2022. This City is the Center of the Universe.
  2. ^ Explore Manhattan Neighborhoods: The Center of the Universe (aka Times Square). Her Campus (22 March 2011). Retrieved on 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Centre of the Universe - National Research Council Canada". Archived from the original on 2015-05-08. Retrieved Jan 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Edidin, Rachel (14 November 2013). "Inside a NASA meetup, where science fans become space ambassadors". Wired. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Ten Chinese Cuisines Packed into Wudaokou". 15 May 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  6. ^ Cf. article La Gare de Perpignan
  7. ^ "Stred sveta a vesmíru". (in Slovak). Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  8. ^ "Centre of the Universe".
  9. ^ Rayburn, Alan (2001). Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian Place Names. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-8293-0. Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  10. ^ Ruark, Lou Ann (September 13, 2019) [February 1997]. "Throwback Tulsa: Experts Visit Center of the Universe to Explain its Acoustic Magic". Tulsa World. Retrieved October 13, 2022.
  11. ^ "The Center of the Universe: Controversy in Concrete". University of New Mexico. n.d. Retrieved March 25, 2022.
  12. ^ "Randolph-Macon College at 'center of the universe'". Politico. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Why is Epping the center of the universe?"., LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  14. ^ "Welcome to the Town of Magnolia, Delaware". Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Why is New York City known as "the Big Apple" and "Gotham?""., LLC. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  16. ^ Sarah Moore (March 22, 2011). "Explore Manhattan Neighborhoods: The Center of the Universe (aka Times Square)". Her Campus Media. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  17. ^ "Times Square The Crossroads of the World". October 30, 2009. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  18. ^ "Campus Hangouts at 'center of the universe'". Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  19. ^ Patrick Henry Winston. "Nightmare at the Center of the Universe". Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  20. ^ Ron, Roizen (2020-08-02). "The late David Preston Bond". Retrieved 2022-08-23. a spoof highlighting his contention that the EPA relied on unfalsifiable science
  21. ^ "The Self-Proclaimed Center of the Universe is in Wallace, Idaho | Atlas Obscura". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  22. ^ "The Center Of The Universe Is Actually In Wallace, Idaho". RealClear. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  23. ^ "Three Rivers Declared Center of the Universe | Three Rivers Commercial-News". Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  24. ^ 既方便又要宜居:墨尔本七大华人区大比拼 (in Chinese)