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A map of the moon by Galileo Galilei.

Going to the Moon: Early Cartography of the Lunar Surface

Posted by: Cynthia Smith

The lunar maps shown in this post were created long before satellite images became available. The topography is highly detailed and the historical backgrounds of the astronomers who created them are compelling. The first working telescope was built in the Netherlands in 1608. British astronomer Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) made the first recorded sketches of the …