The Face of the Moon

Enlarged image

Much of the detail of the original Cassini map was lost in even the best reductions. One of the most delightful features of the 1679 map was the portrayal of Cape Heraclides on the Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) as a "moon maiden," complete with face and flowing hair. Here, the promontory (8, at bottom, right of center) has become virtually featureless. (For another view of the moon maiden, see item 38.)

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