One of a set of twelve hand-coloured astronomical prints with an explanatory card. These cards were first issued by Reynolds in 1846, although he and other publishers continued to produce them throughout the second half of the 19th century. They responded to a perceived market for popular science products and were intended for informal learning within the home. The diagram shows both the phases, as seen from Earth, and the orbits of the Moon and Earth around the Sun. Text at top and bottom give an explanation of these movements and appearances.
Artist: James Reynolds; John Emslie
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