Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Harriot's Moon Maps

Moon Maps

In 1609 and 1610, Thomas Harriot made a number of drawings of his telescopic observations of the Moon. In addition he also drew "Moon Maps" of what he believed the surface geography of the Moon to be.

From Rice University Galileo site

Thomas Harriot looked at the moon through a telescope just before Galileo Galilei. Galileo is the star astronomer known to the public as the first to do this. However, papers at West Sussex Record Office show Harriot managed it months earlier. Harriots maps of the moon are in any case better than Galileos.

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