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Atlas of the Moon From the Renaissance to today

Atlas of the Moon From the Renaissance to today


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In 1647, Johann Hevelius (1611-1687) published his lunar atlas "Selenographia", composed from ten years of observation of the Moon.

In this work, Hevelius made a detailed graphic description of the Moon's features, giving each of them a name. Hevelius baptized the "seas" and lunar mountains according to the following criteria:

The lunar mountains would receive the name of their similar terrestrial ones, for that reason in the Moon we find the lunar mountains Apennines, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Jura and Atlas.

The "seas" were baptized with names of moods or conditions of nature. For example: Mar Frigoris (Cold Sea), Lacus Somniorum (Lake of Dreams), Mare Tranquilitatis (Sea of ​​Tranquility), sinus Iridum (Babia of the Rainbow), Oceanus Porcellarum (Ocean of Storms). These names have remained to this day.

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