Thomas Herriot

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Thomas Herriot

Harriot_Drawing-1.jpg The first drawing of the Moon through a telescope, dated 26th July 1609, by Thomas Harriot. This crude but historic sketch roughly delineates the terminator, the line that marks the boundary between day and night on the lunar surface. The original image is a little more than 15 cm across. The dark patches correspond to Mare Crisium (at the top), Mare Tranquilitatis and Mare Foecunditatis. Image: (c) Lord Egremont
Harriot_Drawing-3.jpg Thomas Harriot's map of the whole Moon. This image accurately depicts many lunar features including the principal Maria (lunar 'seas' - actually lava-filled basins) and craters. Labelled features include Mare Crisium ('18') on the right hand side and the craters Copernicus ('b') and Kepler ('c') in the upper left of the disk. Image: (c) Lord Egremont
Harriot_Painting.jpg A photograph of a purported portrait of Thomas Harriot, from Trinity College, Oxford. Image: Max Alexander / Trinity College / Science Photo Library(c) Lord Egremont
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