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Visualizing the Moon, Pt. 2 – 3/4/19

Last night’s lecture about the history of moon visualizations throughout history was very interesting! I learned many new things about the moon, and the mapping of it. I am energized to read more about selenography (the study of the surface and physical features of the Moon. Historically, the principal concern of selenographists was the mapping and naming of the lunar maria, craters, mountain ranges, and other various features.) [Source: Wikipedia.com]. There was a very cool thing that happened to me while at the event: While I was examining the many maps and atlases of the moon that were on display I unexpectedly caught site of a crater named…Schiller! Once I spotted it, I was seeing it on every moon map I looked at. Part of the reason is that Schiller crater is very unique, being an oblong crater (whereas most of the Moon’s craters are circular). “Schiller was name after Julius Schiller, d. 1627. He was a German monk who authored an atlas of the sky in which the constellations were replaced by biblical characters and objects. His system was not adopted. Crater Schiller [51.8°S, 40.0°W] is a very odd ‘creature’: unique on the Moon!” [Source: maas.museum.com]