Tentoonstelling: Historical views on Mars

Foto Credits: Marcel Krijger

From Christiaan Huygens  to  Chriet  Titulaer

In the beginning of astronomy  mythological elements played a large role in the depiction of sky objects. The focus  was  mostly  on the moon and the sun . Gradually  this focus  shifted to other sky objects  such as Mars. 

Christiaan  Huygens discovered Mars in 1659 with his handmade telescope. He made the first drawing of Mars. Mars stands out for its red colour. That’s why  this planet   was  named after the Roman god of war  Mars. The famous  French astronomer Flammarion said about Mars in 1880:  “Her light is reddish and gives the impression of fire"...  “The burning star of Mars  presided over combats; on the field of battle of Marathon or in the dark pass of Thermopylae, the imprecations of the victims accused it of barbarity, while the fact is that man has no enemy but himself, and the innocent planet soars in space without suspecting the influences of which it is  accused”.  These depictions of Mars  show  the  heritage of astronomy as a social science. 

Since Huygens Mars has always been an object of fascination.  Chriet  Titulaer (a Dutch astronomer, television presenter and popular science and technology writer) stated in 1992: "I believe that there will be a manned Mars landing before 2020, but that the first step on that planet will be set  by a Japanese".  

Exhibited will be: 

  • Books from the Trésor collection 

  • a reflecting telescope by B.E. van der Bildt (1800-1825)  

  • a celestial globe (1825-1850) 

  • a celestial globe (after 1945) 

DATUM

5 - 14 juni

NAAM ORGANISATIE

Library Technische Universiteit Delft

SOORT ACTIVITEIT

Tentoonstelling

DOELGROEP

Volwassenen

WEBSITE

https://www.tudelft.nl/evenementen/2018/library/historical-views-of-mars/


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