Galileo's moon

Galileo's moon

In 1609 Galileo made drawings of the moon as he observed it through a telescope. Before this people believed the moon was a perfectly smooth heavenly body, he showed it pitted and pocked with craters, scars and craggy mountains, in many ways similar to earth.

How is it possible to hold these two ideas at once; on one hand, the moon is a rocky barren chip off the earth, and on the other hand it is a magical heavenly body rich with mythical meaning?

This is a cast plaster print; the plaster is actually concave but it looks convex depending on the light
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Galileo's moon

Galileo's moon

In 1609 Galileo made drawings of the moon as he observed it through a telescope. Before this people believed the moon was a perfectly smooth heavenly body, he showed it pitted and pocked with craters, scars and craggy mountains, in many ways similar to earth.

How is it possible to hold these two ideas at once; on one hand, the moon is a rocky barren chip off the earth, and on the other hand it is a magical heavenly body rich with mythical meaning?

This is a cast plaster print; the plaster is actually concave but it looks convex depending on the light
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