December 19, 2010
Then and Now and Forever
right image by Mikhail Abgarian, Yuri Goryachko & Konstantin Morozov; left drawing from SRB Cooke in Memoir 32, BAA (1937)
S.R.B. Cooke was a justifiably famous lunar artist from the early to mid 1900s. His drawing of the Sirsalis Rille made 75 years ago compares favorably with a modern view from the Minsk Miracle Imagers. In fact, there have been many good lunar observations and descriptions made over the last 400 years, and although their scientific value has been eclipsed by modern high resolution imaging, they are still historically interesting and often really beautiful. Fortunately, many classic drawings are now online, as I saw when looking at old reports by the British Astronomical Association. I would welcome the addition of links to such drawings to LPOD, so that descriptions of craters will have an historical element - here is an example (scroll down to Additional Information}. Thanks!
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