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The Moon exhibition, National Maritime Museum

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About this observation
Observer
Alex Pratt
Time of observation
02/01/2020 - 13:30
Object
The Moon
Observing location
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Equipment
Mobile 'phone
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The 2019 Autumn Conference and AGM of the Society for the History of Astronomy had a lunar theme, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing and to illustrate our natural satellite's influence on our lives, culture and science.
One of these really interesting talks was given by Drs Melanie Vandenbrouck and Louise Devoy, entitled 'The Moon as muse: the ideas and inspiration behind The Moon exhibition, Royal Museums Greenwich'.
I visited this exhibition at the National Maritime Museum shortly before it closed and it was one of the most enjoyable I have seen. It presented our connections with the Moon in pre-history, art, music, calendars, the development of the telescope, lunar sketching, photography and mapping, science fiction and science fact (books and films), through to the Space Race and the Apollo missions and future prospects for its colonisation, use as an observatory, as a spaceport and for mining.
One highlight for me was to see Thomas Harriot's composite Moon map which pre-dates Galileo's drawings and looked to be a clearer representation of the lunar features.
I purchased the exhibition book and also H. P. Wilkins' Map of the Moon (I already have a copy of Wilkins' and Moore's "The Moon").
What a shame this exhibition had to close and let's hope its comprehensive website remains accessible for months to come.

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