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Earth over lunar landscape, 19th century

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Earth over lunar landscape, 19th century

Earth over lunar landscape. 19th-century artwork showing the Earth rising over jagged rocks on the lunar surface. The mapping of the Moon with telescopes started with Galileo in 1610, and then developed further during the following centuries as telescopes improved. Artworks such as these were based on theories about the origin of the Moon and its craters and mountains, and what the Moons features looked like from the surface. This artwork dates from 1880

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1880 Browned Browning Cratered Craters Earthrise Horizon Lunar Moon Mountain Mountains Night Sky Rock Rocks Rocky Selenography Solar System


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This 19th-century artwork, titled "Earth over lunar landscape" offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the mysteries of space. Created in 1880 by Detlev van Ravenswaay, this monochrome illustration showcases the Earth rising above jagged rocks on the lunar surface. During this era, telescopes were instrumental in mapping and understanding celestial bodies like the Moon. Galileo's groundbreaking observations in 1610 paved the way for further advancements in selenography—the study of the Moon's features—throughout subsequent centuries. Artworks such as this one were born out of theories about the Moon's origin and its distinctive craters and mountains. They aimed to depict what these features might look like from an astronaut's perspective on its desolate surface. The image itself exudes a sense of awe-inspiring beauty and historical significance. The rocky terrain beneath our planet serves as a stark reminder of both Earth's connection to other celestial bodies and humanity's enduring fascination with outer space. As we gaze upon this remarkable piece, we are transported back to a time when scientific exploration was rapidly expanding horizons. It reminds us that even though it is rooted in history, our quest for knowledge about our solar system continues to captivate minds today.

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