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Giandomenico Cassini, Large map of the Moon


Giandomenico Cassini (1625-1712)
Large map of the Moon, 1679
Paris, Observatoire de Paris, inv. I.1576

This extraordinary document is based on an extensive set of drawings of the Moon's morphology. The map, which Cassini produced using telescopes built by Giuseppe Campani, marks a crucial stage in the process of definition of the Moon's true face.