DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lunar craters. Moon. This is Plato Crater (upper centre) in Mare Imbrium, with a diameter of around 109 kilometres. The mapping of the Moon with telescopes started with Galileo in 1610, and then developed further over the centuries as telescopes improved. The observations, like those seen here, included recording changes in the shadows cast by high mountains and deep craters during the lunar day-night cycle. The far side of the Moon was not observed until the era of spaceflight. This artwork dates from 1880.
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