selenography


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selenography

(sel-ĕ-nog -ră-fee) The study of the Moon's physical features. See Moon, surface features.

Selenography

 

the branch of astronomy concerned with the description of the surface of the moon. As new methods of studying the moon develop, the term “selenography” is being supplanted by the terms “selenodesy” and “selenology.”

selenography

[‚sel·ə·näg·rə·fē]
(astronomy)
Studies pertaining to the physical geography of the moon; specifically, referring to positions on the moon measured in latitude from the moon's equator and in longitude from a reference meridian.
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To improve the precision of observations, Peiresc continued his work in selenography.
The history of selenography before the space age is the story of dedicated amateurs and their efforts to understand our nearest neighbour, at a time when that neighbour was almost completely neglected by professional scientists.
Westfall, editor of ALPO's quarterly journal, who suggested a way for me to make a contribution to selenography.
The designations 'Webb's Furrow' and 'Webb's Elbow' reside in the selenography of yesterday; 'recovery' of these features seems to have been hampered, at least in part, by scant descriptions in subsequent lunar literature which appear to have omitted precise information in relation to exact locations.
Such were the mistaken inferences and unrestrained speculation that spawned what Pickering called his "new selenography - the selenography that consists not in the mapping of cold dead rocks and isolated craters, but in the study of the daily alterations which take place in small, selected regions, where we find real living changes.
Until the last half of this century amateur astronomers dominated the field of selenography.
It is interesting to note at this point the apparent absence from the discussion of one of the most respected selenographers of the 19th century, Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt (1825-1884), whose Chart der Gebirge des Mondes, Berlin 1878, is generally regarded as the pinnacle of 19th century selenography.
With further observations, Galileo, together with other Moon watchers such as Thomas Harriot, began the practice of lunar mapping, or selenography.
In terms of the history of classical selenography Harold Hill's work is of immense importance.
It might be supposed,' he wrote, 'that traditional selenography was all but redundant.
1) Morgan's article offers a detailed and interesting survey of Wilkins' life and a warm reappraisal of his contribution to selenography, and it is not my intention to cover that same ground here or to revisit the events of Wilkins' life.
However by the time the book was published in 1895 Elger had been an attentive observer of the lunar surface since the late 1860s, and he kept extensive observing notes and drawings in a number of notebooks devoted to selenography.