Bode's Moon drawings of 1792

Bode's Moon drawings of 1792

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Caption: Bode's Moon drawings of 1792. These drawings were made by the German astronomer Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826), and are labelled in German. The Full Moon is at top, with a crescent Moon (lower left) and a Quarter Moon (lower right) also shown. Early astronomers, from the time of Galileo onwards, used their telescopes to draw lunar maps of increasing accuracy. The main features of such maps are the lowland maria (dark area), the surrounding highlands (white areas), and the impact craters and basins. It was not until space probes were launched in the 1960s that the far side of the Moon was seen for the first time.

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