How an amateur astronomer mapped the Moon 59 years before Apollo 11
Walter Goodacre spent decades gazing through his personal telescope, painstakingly sketching the pits, shadows and contours of the moon. He published that map in 1910, when lunar travel was more the realm of Georges Méliès than Neil Armstrong. It wasn’t the first map of the moon, but it was the work of one dedicated amateur scientist.
With time, patience, and practice, you never know what you could accomplish.
You can tour an interactive version of the map at the University College London website, along with several others.
Bonus: Learn about the violent history of our moon.
(via Boing Boing)
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