The Library and Archives of the Royal Astronomical Society contain books, images and documents significant in the development of scientific thought in astronomy, geophysics and related disciplines. This series of articles and videos reveal some of the highlights of the collection.
Treasures of the RAS: The woman in the Moon - Cassini's lunar map
In this edition of Treasures of the RAS, Librarian Jenny Higham introduces the first scientific map of the Moon, made by Giovanni Cassini in 1679. This detailed engraving of the surface of the Moon was based on Cassini's own observations made with a
Treasures of the RAS: Copernicus puts the Sun at the centre of the Solar System
In this edition of Treasures of the RAS, Librarian Jenny Higham introduces De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium by Nicolaus Copernicus, one of the most important works in the history of astronomy. In this book published in 1543, Copernicus proposed
Treasures of the RAS: Starry Messenger by Galileo Galilei
In this edition of Treasures of the RAS, Librarian Jenny Higham introduces Starry Messenger by Galileo Galilei. In 1610 Galileo published this book describing his observations of the sky with a new invention - the telescope. In it he describes his