Thomas Digges, A Perfit Description of the Caelestial Orbes (1576), Digges decided to abandon the notion of a sphere of fixed stars and instead imagined the stars to be scattered throughout the universe to infinity.
Envol d’une colombe, 1948, Pierre Jahan. French (1909 - 2003)
Photograph (1840) by Dr. J. W. Draper—London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images
Today, on the winter solstice, December 21, the shortest day and longest night of the year, LightBox present the story behind the first photograph ever taken of the moon.
the first gif shows one full year of full moons between may 2005 and april 2006. its size at perigee (when nearest to us) and apogee (farthest from us) differs by more than 10%. the wobble, due to the moon’s elliptical orbit and slight axial tilt and inclination, is know as lunar libration. (this is not to be confused with lunar libation, which is fancy speak for moonshine.) the second gif shows the moon’s phase and libration during october of 2007.
George Harrison (via sun-hawk)