Galileo, the moon from Sidereus Nuncius (The Sidereal Messenger), Venice, 1610
An engraved illustration of features of the moon's surface, as seen by Galileo with his telescope. He was able to describe the roughness of the moon's surface and the position of spots and prominences on the light and dark sides.
Materials from the Caltech Archives are made available online for research purposes. Permission for reproduction, distribution, public display, performance, or publication must be obtained in writing from the Head of Archives. The Caltech Archives makes no representation that it is the copyright owner in all of its holdings. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain all necessary rights and clearances for use of materials. For questions, contact Head of Archives.