Cassini's Moon map, 1679

Cassini's Moon map, 1679

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Caption: Map of the Moon by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), published in 1679. This moon map is famous for details added by Cassini that can be seen in close-up, such as a "Moon Maiden" in the area at centre right (see V700/344 for a close-up image). The mapping of the Moon with telescopes started with Galileo in 1610, and then developed further during the 17th century as telescopes improved.

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