Lunar Maps

Lunar maps, atlases and globes are a utilitarian art form. Some - such as Cassini's and Mellan's charts - are beautiful, while others are merely reminders of how hard it was to map the Moon before photography. This page brings together links and images from LPOD and other websites to make as much lunar cartography as possible accessible from one place. There is some overlap with the list of major maps and atlases on the Bibliography page, but here we are interested in all maps, not just the nomenclaturally important ones.

  • Many of the listings below give links to pages on which the maps can be viewed. Scans of a small number of maps are hosted on the present site in the Map Collection.
  • The International Planetary Cartography Database which gives links to a number of maps not yet integrated into the present list.
  • The Astrogeology Science Center of the USGS in Flagstaff, maintains an extensive catalog of lunar maps in its possession. Some of these are special maps that were not widely circulated and are not part of any of the NASA-generated series listed below. See the Bibliography at the end of this page.
  • Entries flagged with a "(G)" were found in the draft Lunar Atlases and Maps section of the Bibliography to a yet-unpublished Moon book by Robert Garfinkle, and are added here by permission.

Chronological List

1505-1508 Da Vinci : Three sketches (unpublished)
ca. 1600 Gilbert : Naked eye map of Moon with feature names found with manuscript copy of New Philosophy Concerning our Sublunar Word by William Gilbert (unpublished)
1610 Galileo : First published images of the Moon by Galileo Galilei in his Sidereus Nuncius, and unpublished drawings thought to be related to it
ca. 1611 Harriot : sketches and map with numbers and letters (unpublished); on exhibit in Florence LPOD discussion
1612 Lagalla : published a book containing reprints of Galileo's engravings
1614 Scheiner : 9 cm map of First Quarter Moon with letters in his Disquisitiones mathematicae
1619 Malapert : 49 mm map
1620 Biancani : 5 cm map of First Quarter with letters
1627 Borri : 10 cm map of First Quarter with letters
1629-30 Fontana : 10 cm maps , published in by Kircher in 1646
1635-7 Mellan : 21 cm maps of First, Last Quarters and Full Moon prepared under direction of Gassendi and Peiresc; on exhibit in Florence
1640 Gassendi : same as Mellan maps?
1644 Argoli : published a book with lunar drawings by Fontana
1645 Langrenus : First major chart with nomenclature (see also crude 1910 reproduction, and copy of original on exhibit in Florence).
1645 De Rheita : 18.4 cm map; on exhibit in Florence
1646 Fontana : 9.4 in maps showing Moon at many phases
1647 Hevelius : Selenographia, Colored map
  • Scan of Hevelius' nomenclature map (Fig. Q of Selenographia).
  • A slightly different version apparently printed as a loose sheet. There is a .BMP version on the website of Robert Harry van Gent. The scroll in the upper left of both versions suggests they were drawn in 1645, although Selenographia was reportedly published in 1647.
  • Exhibit in Florence
1649 Divini : (or "De Divinis") 19 in map; on exhibit in Florence
1651 Sersale (also known as "Sirsalis") : 34 cm map (Whitaker, p. 59)
1651 Grimaldi : 11 in map (used by Riccioli)
1651 Riccioli 11 in map (by Grimaldi) with nomenclature; on exhibit in Florence
1656 Borel : 16 cm map
1659 Strauch : adaptation of map by Hevelius (also as folded insert, 1668)
1660 Kircher : 12 in map (reproduction of Rheita's map?)
1661 Wren globe
1662 Montanari : 38 cm map
1663 Praetorius : Crude map of "Lunar Spots" in Eine Astronomische Karte
1665 Kircher : 12 in map (reproduction of map by Divini)
1665 Hooke : Detailed drawing of a crater in his Micrographia; on exhibit in Florence
1667 Hooke : map (?)
1671 Lasséré (also known as Chérubin d'Orleans) : 11 in maps (Whitaker, pp. 75-77) -- available on-line as images 117 and 120 of his Dioptrique oculaire -- and on exhibit in Florence
1672 Divini : reprint of earlier map
1672 Guericke : map
1679 Cassini : 20.8 in map; reissued in 1787; Original print on exhibit in Florence
1686 De la Hire : 15.7 in map
1689 Andraeae Spole : Derivative map in Disputation on the Moon Selenography
1692 Cassini : 214 in map (articles about: Whitaker Weimer)
1694-1696 Eimmart : 11 in map
1699 Hartsoeker: map based on Cassini, with mare as numbered "forests"

1700 Doppelmayer
1700 Seller : "Natural" and "Artifical" maps (evidently after Hevelius)
1723 Rost : Map, followed by nomenclature maps after Riccioli and Hevelius in Atlas Portatilis Coelestis
1725 Keill : 6 in 1718 map, 1725 map, 1739 map. See also Whitaker, Figure 57, p. 89
1727 De la Hire : map at end of Tabulae Astronomicae (first edition, 1702) -- reworking of Cassini map
1728 Bianchini : luanr details
1742 Doppelmayer : Atlas Novus Coelestis included a chart showing maps of both Hevelius and Riccioli (Linda Hall Library copy).
1745 Coetlogon
1745 Catalan
1746 Le Monnier & le Meurrier : French adaptation of Keill (per Google authors?) but with different maps
1746 Cassini : reprint of earlier map
1747 Melchior à Briga : (Whitaker, Fig. 58, pp. 90-91)
1748 Tobias Mayer : mapof the lunar eclipse of August 8-9, 1748.
1748-1750 Tobias Mayer First map based on measured positions and employing a lat/long grid.
1749 Gian-Priamo : 11.5 in map
1750 Wright : map
1752 De Ulloa : map with names
1752 Figueras y de Grau : 6.25 in map
1762 Lalande : map in Exposition du calcul astronomique, widely reproduced in Connaissance des Temps (the French Astronomical Almanac) -- date and authorship uncertain
1764 Hell: map(Whitaker Fig. 60, p. 94) accompanying his numbered nomenclature list
1769 Dicquemare : 5.5 in map
1770's Bode : Whitaker Fig. 56, p. 88
1775 Mayer : 7-7/8 in map
1776 Lambert : maps (Whitaker, pp. 83-86)
1787 Samuel Dunn : nice copy of Riccioli's nomenclature map appended to map of world in his general map of the world or terraqueous globe -- also published in 1804
1789 Russell
1791 Schröter : lunar details and re-engraving of Mayer map
1797 Russell : Globe, 12 in map -- Gores and caps and completed globe on exhibit in Florence
1797 Encyclopedia Britannica : Small, poor map

1800 Delamarche and Lattre : crude map in their Petit atlas moderne ou collection de cartes elementaires dedie a la jeunesse
1805 Russell : 36 cm engravings of Full Moon and topography (Whitaker, Figs. 63 & 64, pp. 99-100)
1805-6 Russell : Lunar planispheres
1805 Meissner : Maps with and without nomenclature in Astronomischer Handatlas (also at Linda Hall Library)
1811 Brewster : Brewster reports that his supplement to Ferguson's Astronomy includes a large engraving of the Moon's surface based on a drawing he made "with great care." The text describes the named features of Hevelius, Riccioli, and Schröter in terms of their longitudes and latitudes on the map.
1820 Ubaldo Villa : re-engraving of Schröter/Mayer map
1820 Anonymous, Leipzig : map "as seen through the telescope" in Die Wunder des Himmels
1822 Jamieson : The Moon in his Celestial Atlas (also at the Linda Hall Library where the book is said to be an adaptation of Johann Bode's celestial atlas of 1805)
1824 Green Numbered map illustrating "Telescopic Apperarance of the Moon"
1824 Lohrmann 4 sheets (see 1878 for entire atlas)
  • Detail from Robert Garfinkle: Topographie Der Sichtbaren Mondoberflaeche: Erste Abtheilung Mit Vi Kuppertafeln ("Topography of the Visible Surface of the Moon, First Installment With Four Copperplates"). Leipzig: Johann Friedrich Hartknoch.
1825 Gruithuisen : lithographed maps, with and without nomenclature (Whitaker, pp. 111-114),first published 1821 in Selenognotische Fragmente. Full Resolution image.
1825 Littrow elaborations of Gruithuisen's map reportedly at end of the 1825 edition of Littrow's Populare Astronomie (see Fig. 6 in Pigatto and Zanini, 1999).
1825 Graef : Crude maps (including Full and two phases) in Unsere Erde mit ihrem Monde
1826 unknown : Engraving of a poor copy in an unknown encylopedia
1829 Frankenheim : Chart of Full Moon with nomenclature after Mayer, Schröter und Gruithuisen in Populäre Astronomie (see LPOD)
1830 Lalande : 5 in map
1832 Schwartz frontispiece to Allgemeinverständliche Himmelskunde
1834 Benzenberg : map in Die Sternschnuppen ("Meteors")
1834-1837 Beer and Mädler - 4 quadrant sheets - Atlas-Hercules area -- available on CD-ROM from Peter Grego
1837 Littrow : map in Die Wunder des Himmels (also Fig. 6 in Pigatto and Zanini, 1999)
1838 Lohrmann : 15.3 in map
1839 Wilhelmine Witte : Globe
1839 Richter (G) Handbuch der Populären Astronomie für Die Gebildeten Stände. Quedlinburg: Druck und Verlag von Gottfr. Basse, 1839. Includes a celestial atlas, entitled Abbildungen zum Zweiten Theil von J. A. L. Richter's Handbuch der Populären Astronomie für Die Gebildeten Stände and includes a copy of Grudhuisen's Mond Karte.
1841 Hartmann : Map (and Schröter-like drawing of Plato and Ancient Newton) in Urania
1842 Blunt : a guide to the "principal spots" on the Moon, with a variety of illustrations, in his The Beauty of the Heavens.
1847 Radefeld : 31x37 cm nomenclature map published in Joseph Meyer's Grosser Hand-Atlas uber alle Theile der Erde (1860) -- also available from Peter Grego
1849/1850 Smith's Illustrated Astronomy a horrible map. See also New Moon and an additional Telescopic View of the Moon
1850 Andriveau-Goujon and Soulier : Crude map used to illustrate phases of Moon in their Atlas classique et universel de geographie ancienne et moderne
1850 Madame Witte : Globe
1851 Mitchell : 3 in map
1853 Delaunay : 6 in map
1854 Dickert and Schmidt : 19-foot half-globe of visible hemisphere. Presented to Field Museum (Chicago). Described and illustrated in their 1925 leaflet (includes index map of Moon, after Nasmyth with list of numbered features). Note: dorsa are called "vein mountains". See also description of this globe and those of Witte and Russell in Webb (footnote 3). This seems to be the same as the large plaster globe in 116 sections exhibited at the Field Columbian Museum and attributed to Johann Fried and Schmidt (1898 -- a date after Schmidt's death). Possibly 1854 is too early a date and 1898 too late a one?
1855 Johnston/Hind : Plate IV in Atlas of Astronomy (Full Moon drawing "from Bode's 1825 Jahrbuch" and details)
1856 Schmidt : Der Mond
1859 Webb : 12 in map in Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes (also in later editions, with a growing nomenclature list)
1859 Ward : 3.9 in map
1860 Lecouturier and Chapuis : 15.6 in map
1860 Anmerck
1862 Preyssinger: Telescopic view of the Moon (drawing) in Astronomie Populaire
1863 Hind : 3 in map
1864 Webb : small Index Map of the Moon with 116 named formations in a long article published in The Intellectual Observer (the numbering differs from that in Celestial Objects, 1859)
1865 De La Rue
1865 Dubois : 7-3/8 in map
1866 Schmidt
1868 Langenbuch : Notizen ueber den mond
1868 Guillemin : La lune
1869 Dunkin : 4.8 in map
1873 Proctor : 12 in map
1866 Littrow : Nomenclature map in Littrow's in Wunder des Himmels. Also in 1878 edition and 1886 edition
1874 Nasmyth : 12 in map
1874 Birt : Contributions to Selenography. Illustrated by Three Maps and numerous engravings. London, Printed by Taylor and Francis, 1874. (reference thanks to Jörn Koblitz)
1875 Adolf Stieler : 36x41 cm map with nomenclature from Beer and Mädler in his Hand Atlas Uber Alle Theile Der Erde -- also available from Peter Grego
1876 Neison : 22 sheets in The Moon, and the Condition and Configurations of Its Surface
1876 Trouvelot : Index Map to the Moon's surface -- "reduced copy of Beer and Mädler" prepared under the direction of Professor Winlock
1877 Guillemin : 6-11/16 in map
1878 Schmidt : 25 sheets
1878 Lohrmann : 25 sheets
1879 Opelt : map 40 cm.
1881 Lecouturier and Chapuis : map in Flammarion's book Astronomie Populaire
1880 Encyclopaedia Hesperia : 8.5 in map
1881 Wonders of the Heavens : 2.9 in map
1881 Harrison : 24 sq.
1881 Klinkerfues : reprint of T. Mayer
1881 Andree : Mondkarte in Richard Andree's Allgemeiner Handatlas
1885 Proctor : 4.9 in map
1886 Neison : Index Map in Astronomy, see page 139
1887 Gaudibert : 25 in map
1888 Serviss : 4 in map
1889 Fenet : 13 in map
1890 Iturralde : 38 in map
1890 Fenet : 8-3/8 in map (later redrawn to 25.5 in)
1890 Gaudibert : Globes 4 and 6 in
1890 Serviss : Chart of features visible with an opera glass (binoculars)
1891 C. A. Young : Index-Map of the Moon (reprinted from Elements of Astronomy, 1890).
1891 T. K. Mellor : 11.3 in map
1891 C. P. Powell : 24 in map
1892 Proctor : 6.5 in map
1892 Lohrmann : maps
1892+ Ball/Phillips : Quadrant maps attributed to Elger, maps by lunar day, and wash drawings attributed to George Philip and Son Ltd (at least in 1915 edition) of A popular guide to the heavens
1893 Mee : 3.3 in map
1893-4 Weinek : drawings
1895 Fauth : Atlas von 25 topographischen spezialkarten des mondes image sample
1895 Elger : Four quadrant maps in his book The Moon
1896-1910 Loewy and Puiseux : Observatoire de Paris: Atlas Photographique de la Lune (text) -- online exhibit including background information and sample plates (in French)
1896-1897 Holden : Lick Observatory Atlas of the Moon
1897-1900 Weinek : Photographischer Mond-Atlas 24x enlargements of Lick negatives. 10 fascicles of 20 leaves each recording 100 different sections of the lunar surface at lunar sunrise and sunset (image size 24.5 x 29.5 cm), appeared between November 1897 and November 1900 (from Kopal and Carder, 1974).
1897 Mee : 5 in map
1897 Lade : Globe
1898 Peck : 10.9 in map
1898 König : 17 in map
1898 Krieger : scanned copy from Henk Bril
  • Bibliographic detail from Robert Garfinkle: Mond—Atlas: entowrfen nach den Beobachtungen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest, I Band. Triest: Im Selbstverlage des Verfassers.
1898 Schweiger-Lerchenfeld : (G) Atlas der Himmelskunde auf Grundlage der Ergebnisse der Coelestischen Photographie ("Atlas of Astronomy Based On Celestial Photography"). Leipzig: A. Hartleben's Verlag
1899 Novellas : 11 in map

1901 Serviss : Features visible in a telescope, in four quadrants: 1, 2, 3, 4
1902 Stuyvaert : (unfinished)
1902 Anmerck : 57.5 in map
1902 Thomas : 11.4 in map
1903 Pickering : Photographic Atlas of the Moon
1903 Flammarion : 3.25 in map
1904 Pickering : (G) The Moon: A Summary of the Existing Knowledge of Our Satellite, With a Complete Photographic Atlas. New York: Doubleday, Page and Company.
1905 R. S. Ball : 10 in map
1905 Cassell's Pop. Ed. : 2-3/4 in map
1906 Dolmage : 3-1/2 in map
1906 Lützeler : Der mond 23 cm map
1906 Franz : Small map in his book Der Mond
1907 Sacco : 6 in map (detail from Robert Garfinkle "Sacco, Federico. Essai Schématique de Sélénologie. Turin: C. Clausen and H. Rinck")
1908 Porthouse : 12-1/4 in map
1908 Serviss : Chart of features visible with naked eye
1909 Rudaux : 3 in map
1908 Heath : (G) The Twentieth Century Atlas of Popular Astronomy. Edinburgh: W and A. K. Johnston.
1909 Olcott : 3.7 in map
1910 Goodacre : 77 in map in XXV Sections -- available on CD-ROM from Peter Grego, and in free 400 megapixel detail from University College London
1910 Prinz : 6.5 in map
1910 Norton's Star Atlas : 6 in map
1911 Gaudibert : Globe
1912 Moreux : 7-3/32 in map
1912 Mateo Puras : 19 in map
1912 König : publication of Krieger's lunar details
  • Detail from Robert Garfinkle: Joh. Nep. Krieger’s Mond–Atlas Nach seinen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest angrstellten Beobachtungen unter Zugrundelegung der hinterlassenen Zeichnungen und Skizzen, Neue Folge. ("Joh. Nep. Krieger’s Moon–Atlas: A New Reproduction of His Observations at the Pia Observatory in Triest: Based on His Well-Crafted Surviving Drawings and Sketches, A New Edition"). Wien, Germany: Eduard Heinrich Mayer, 1912. Two-volume set of Johann Krieger's unfinished Mond–Atlas. (Triest, 1898) and text completed and edited by Rudolf König.
1913 Giner : 3.75 in map
1913 Franz : quadrant maps and position catalog in Die Randlandschaften des Mondes
1914 Puiseux and Loewy : Carte Photographique de la Lune (edited by Charles Le Morvan)
1916 Renart : map
1919 Eizmendi : 32 in map
1919 Casillas : 19 in map
1920 Comas Sola : 8-5/8 in map
1920 Jackson (Encyclopaedia) : 4-1/4 in map
1921 Ambrosius : 6 in map
1921 Anderer : 110 mm map
1921 Meyer : Atlas Der Mond (Stuttgart, 1921) with map?
1922 Debes : (G) Handkarte des Mondes: Für Anfänger in der Mondbeobachtung. Leipzig: H. Wagner and E. Debes.
1922 Debes : (G) Kleiner Mondatlas: In 37 Einzeldarstellungen zur Weltstellung, Physik und Topographie unseres Trabanten. Leipzig: Verlag von H. Wagner and E. Debes
1923 Rudaux : 8.25 in map
1923 Brochmann : (G) Mondkarte. Stuttgart: Franckh’sche Verlagshandlung. (Contains Debes' Mondkarte and nomenclature.)
1924 Wilkins : 60 in map
1924 Goodacre : 30 in map in Splendour of the Heavens
1925 Fauth : Mondesschicksal
1925 Rudaux : 3-3/5 in map
1927 Lamèch : 18 in map
1927 Andel : Mappa Selenographica (Prague. 1926)
1927 Comas Sola : 7-14/16 in map
1928 Ascarza : 7in map
1928 L. Rudaux and G. De Vaucouleurs : a map of the moon's subtle colorations at page 524 of the article Nouvelles Recherches Sur La Lune; in the magazine L'illustration, 19 mai 1928.
1930 Wilkins : 200 in map
1930 Pettit : Mt. Wilson relief map
1930 Debes : 6.8 in map
1930 Spurig : map
1931 Goodacre : 30 in Lunar map in his book The Moon
1931 Pettit : map
1931 Spurig : map
1932 Fauth : Atlas Neue Mondkarten und neue Grundlagen einer Mondkunde auf 16 Tafeln
1933 Sacco : 4-4/5 map
1933 Franz : (G) Schurig, Richard and P. Götz. Tabulae Caeleststes Conntinentes Omnes Stellas Caeli Borealis Nec Non Australis Nudis Oculis Conspicuas: Himmels-Atlas Enthaltend Alle Mit Blossen Augen Sichtbaren Sterne Beider Hemispharen Für das Aequinoctium 1925.0. Leipzig: Verlag: Ed. Gaeblers Geographisches Institut, 1933. Contains a map of the Moon by Julius Franz.
1934 Pattee : map
1934 Lamèch : 61.5 cm map
1935 Blagg & Müller : 14 sheets
1936 Fauth : 87 cm (34-1/4 in) map in 6 sheets, illustrated in a 2007 LPOD, intended to make the Blagg & Müller nomenclature more clear. A scanned copy of the full six map set (scanned in 12 sections) can be found in the collection of Fauth papers found in a sort of appendix to Peter Abrahams' The history of the telescope and the binocular website. Fauth's nomenclature appears to be supplied on some kind of transparent overlay, for the red labels shown in the previously cited LPOD appear at slightly different places in the black and white scans of the full set.
1936 Baird : 7-3/16 in map
1937 Humbert : reprint of maps by Van Langren and Riccioli (67 and 85 mm)
1938 Patston : 5-1/2 map
1938 Couderc : 110 mm map
1938 Wesley and Blagg : (G) Map of the Moon: Being a Photographic Reproduction on Reduced Scale of the Maps in Vol. II of Named Lunar Formations by Mary A. Blagg and K. Müller. International Astronomical Union, c. 1938. Contains photographs of the 14 sheets of the maps reduced to 5x8 inches.
1940 Grunfeld : 72 in relief map (Chicago)
1943 Rousseau : 95 mm map
1943 Fresa : 10-3/16 in map
1944 Krause : 10 in map
1946 Wilkins : 300 in map (1st edition, see: 3rd edition 1951)
1947 Sturain : 10.25 in map
1947 Gouroy : 4 in map
1948 L. Rudaux and G. De Vaucouleurs : 7.5 in version of the 1928 map (the moon's colors) in the book L'astronomie, les astres, l'univers (Larousse, Paris).
1948 Bernhard : 83 mm map
1948 Ramon Muller : 83 mm map
1948 Ilestre : 24.5 in map
1948 Whipple : 2.75 in map
1948 Puig. S.I. : 3 in map
1949 Maupome (unfinished) map
1949 A.J.M. Wanders : four greenish colored quadrant maps (in Wanders' book Op Ontdekking in het Maanland).
1950 Calvet : 6 in map
1951 Astronica Aster : 24 in map
1951 H.P. Wilkins : 300" Map of the Moon; on CD -- also available on CD-ROM from Peter Grego and downloadable as ALPO Monograph Number 3; note, however, that the Lunar Cartographic Dossier says this map was never published other than at the reduced scale of 100 inches to the lunar diameter
1953 H.P. Wilkins : speculative map of Moon's farside published in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1953).
1954 Questar : Outline Moon Map printed on barrel of telescope (oddly, not at all the view seen through it)
1954 Klepešta and Lukeš : (G) Mapa Měsíce ("Map of the Moon"). Praha: Üntrední Správa Godesie A Kartografie.
1955, 1961 Wilkins & Moore : - reduced sections of Wilkins' 300 in map in their book The Moon
1955 Sky Publishing : (G) Lunar Map. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Observatory
1956 Lamèch : Carte Générale de la Lune (Whitaker, p. 167).
1957 Rand McNally : (G) Map of the Moon. Japan: Rand McNally and Company. "This 24¼-inch diameter map contains numerous spurious (Wilkins) named features. The spurious names were removed when the map was revised in 1980. The 1980 map is 36½ inches in diameter. Both maps are drawn to an approximate scale of 1:2,300,000."
1959 Klepešta and Lukeš : (G) Mondkarten: (Erstes und Letztes Viertel) Mit Einem Interessanten Beitrag Über Wiessenswertes vom Mond. Prag: Zentralverwaltung Geodäsie und Kartographie.
1959 Elger-Wilkins : (G) Elger’s Map of the Moon, revised by H. P. Wilkins. London: George Philips and Son
1959 American Map Company : (G) Solar System Giant Colorprint Map. no. 9572, LMAIII.
1959 GE : (G) General Electric, Missile and Space Vehicle Department. Map of the Moon. Devon, PA: Stafford Industries.
1959 George Solonevich : - a very strange looking illustration (a "rude" map) of the Full Moon on the opening pages of Otto Binder's book The Moon – Our Neighboring World. George Solonevich made very odd looking drawings of the lunar surface and of manned lunar exploration. The colors on his lunar landscapes were not accurate, but they created a wonderful and mysterious atmosphere!
1960 Wilkins : (G) Moon Maps: With a Chart Showing the Other Side of the Moon Based Upon the Soviet Photographs. New York: MacMillan Company/London: Faber and Faber Limited. Double spiral bound fold-out set of 26 quadrant maps from Wilkins and Moore, but slightly larger, for use at telescope. Includes 28 page Gazetteer listing each name with quadrant, diameter, length or height and very brief description of formation
1960 George J. Zaffo : a rather "artistic" or "rude" illustration of the Full Moon without nomenclature, in the book The How and Why Wonder Book of Stars by Norman Hoss. This illustration is not really a map, but it shows the unequal distribution of the dark "maria" (blue colored) and cratered "terrae" (yellow colored).
Early 1960s Tjomme E. De Vries : an outline map of the moon's near side in 9 sections, in his pocketbook De Maan; onze trouwe wachter. This booklet contains very interesting drawings of the telescopically observed lunar features!
1960s James Gordon Irving : a curious yellow/ dark-blue colored map of the moon's near side in the small pocketbook Natuurgids voor de Sterrenwereld. The Dutch version of this booklet was edited by the Belgian TV-meteorologist Armand Pien and the Dutch astronomer Dr. C. De Jager. The moonmap itself looks quite "artistic" and shows the names of the major surface formations.
1960(?) North American Aviation : Nomenclature map published by the "Missile Division" based on the pairing of Lick First and Last Quarter photos found in the North American Atlas (1964). photo detail info
1960 Kuiper : Photographic Lunar Atlas. Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press.
1960 Miyamoto & Matsui : Photographic Atlas of the Moon (second author not Hattori as previously shown - CAW).
1960 Pergamon : 33 cm globe
1961 Barabashov, Mikhailov, and Lipsky : An Atlas of the Moon's far Side: the Lunik III reconnaissance (Moscow: The USSR Academy of Sciences,1960. New York; Interscience Publishers, 1961).
1961 Hackman & Mason : Engineering Special Study of the Moon. News story about Hackman and this map.
1961 J Klepesta and LJ Lukes : Map of the Moon
1961 Gerard Kuiper et al : Orthographic Atlas of the Moon -- LPOD
1961 Firsoff : (G) Moon Atlas. New York: Viking Press.
1962 Callatay : (G) Goldmanns Mondatlas. Munich: Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag.
1962-74 US Geological Survey : Geologic Atlas of the Moon Hyginus sheet, Copernicus sheet - published in individual sheets, combined in 1971 publication.
1962-67 NASA/DMA : Lunar Astronautical Charts (LPOD), also available on CD
1963-66 D.W.G. Arthur and others : System of Lunar Craters 44 sheets, later combined into 4 quadrant maps
1963-66 Alika Herring : Maps of the Lunar Libration Zones
1963 Whitaker et al. : Rectified Lunar Atlas
1963 Replogle : 8 in globe.
1963 Raul Mina Mora : a small orange colored map of the Full Moon with names of the major lunar surface formations, in the book The How and Why Wonder Book of The Moon, by Felix Sutton.
1963 Baldwin : Lunar Map based on Andel's 1926 Mappa Selenographica issued with Measure of the Moon
1963 Aero Service Corp. : ad in Sky and Telescope (Nov. 1963 issue, p. 298) for 4x4 ft textured relief map of Copernicus and adjacent areas (scale 1:250:000) for sale for $1,800 and announcement of planned 5-foot diameter lunar globe.
1964 Fauth : Mondatlas ("Moon Atlas"). Bremen, Germany: Olbers-Gesellschaft
  • Detail from Robert Garfinkle: The atlas portfolio includes the explanatory pamphlet Erläuterungen Zum Fauth ’schen Mondatlas ("Explanations for Fauth's Moon Atlas.") by Philipp Fauth, 1964. Also included is Mondcarte der Ramen und Orter, 1936. The Moon is in 6 sections with lines of orthographic coordinates. Main charts of the atlas lack lines of coordinates.
1964 Alter : Lunar Atlas (New York: Dover, 1968, slightly corrected reprint of work originally published by North American Aviation, Inc., 1964)
1964 Callatay : Atlas of the Moon
1964 Miyamoto & Hattori : Photographic Atlas of the Moon, 2nd Edition
1965 Kopal et al. : Photographic Atlas of the Moon -- includes 22.5 in "skeleton map" by Antonín Rükl
1960s (?) Jet Propulsion Lab 5 ft cast lunar hemisphere
1966 Herman Fauth : Übersichtskarte Des Mondes ("General Charts of the Moon"). Bremen: Olbers-Gesellschaft
  • Detail from Robert Garfinkle: Portfolio of Philipp Fauth’s Moon map in 6 sections and is the same maps as in the 1964 set.
1966 Antonin Rükl : South-up "Lunar Chart" 1:10 000 000 Orthographic Projection, compiled April 1966 with T. Rackham Moon in Focus
1967 Soviet : Topophoto map of the Moon (35 cm x 52 cm)
1967 Kuiper et al : Consolidated Lunar Atlas (LPOD)
1967 ACIC : Lunar Farside Chart-1 First nearly complete map of farside LPOD.
1967 Lipskiy : (G) Atlas of the Other Side of the Moon: Atlas Created According to Pictures That Were Taken by the Interplanetary Spacecraft "Zond 3" on July 20, 1965, Part II. Moscow: Academy of Science of the USSR, Science Publisher, 1967. (Russian language)
1967 Saari and Shorthill : Isothermal and isophotic atlas of the moon contours through a lunation
1967 Shishakov and Bronshtėn : Karta Luny
ca. 1968 DeVos : a curious "spaceflight" moonmap (the moon's near and far side) with illustrations of major spaceflight facts, depicted all around the two lunar orbs, on dark-blue background. It was made during the early hey-days of the Apollo program. Not a very accurate map.
ca. 1968 (?) or 1969 (?) Rand McNally : a large moonglobe which was used as background in the crew portrait-photographs of Apollo 10 and Apollo 11.
1968 Muller and Sjogren Gravimetric map of the lunar surface (Science vol. 161, p. 680)
1969 Cherrington : Exploring the Moon Through Binoculars
1969 ACIC : The Times Atlas of the Moon - detailed map of the moon's near side in 110 sections, without the libration zones. This atlas contains all sorts of info on lunar cartography and the Apollo project, especially the first manned lunar landing of Apollo 11.
1969 National Geographic staff : The Earth's Moon, which is a map of both the moon's near and far side. This map was included in the February 1969 issue of the National Geographic Magazine (as part of the article How we mapped the moon, by David W. Cook).
1969 Times Newspapers : The Times Atlas of the Moon. London: Times Newspapers
1969 Hallwag : bluish grey colored map of the moon's near side called Der Mond - La Lune - The Moon - La Luna by Hans Schwarzenbach. The verso side of that map shows a very odd drawing (painting) of the moon's far side, with very limited nomenclature. The moon's near side shows many of H.P. Wilkins' and P. Moore's "new" names (of the gazetteer in their book The Moon).
1969 Hallwag : bluish grey colored map of the moon's near side in 3 sections, included in the Moon Flight Atlas by Patrick Moore. This book also contains a weird looking map of the moon's far side (khaki colored, little bit of nomenclature).
1969-1970 Hallwag : a small version of Hallwag's map of both the moon's near and far side (recto-verso) in Herbert J. Pichler's book Die Mondlandung; Der Menschheit Grosstes Abenteuer (The landing on the moon; mankind's greatest adventure). The map of the moon's near side shows locations of proposed landing sites, and there's a curious greyish shade near the eastern limb, to give the moon a "globular shape". The map of the moon's far side is the same as the one in Patrick Moore's Moon Flight Atlas (grey colored, little bit of nomenclature).
1969 Patricia A. Cullen : a small outline map of the moon's near side, which was also printed on pages 34-35 of Patrick Moore's The Guinness Book of Astronomy; Facts and Feats. Note: this map might be the only one on which the unofficial name Barker's Quadrangle was printed (in the southern half of Mare Crisium).
1969 Johan Van Dijk (?) : a small "artistic" map of the moon's near side (both First Quarter and Last Quarter) on pages 58-59 in the book Eerste Maan-Dag by Alexander Huguenot Van Der Linden. Map shows names of major surface formations and the location of Apollo 11's landing site.
1969 Rand McNally : 14" globe
1969 George Philip and Son : globe
1969 ACIC : 16" NASA Lunar Globe. Designed by ACIC cartographer Howard Holmes; 30° gore drawings produced by Lowell Observatory scientific illustrator Jay Inge; manufactured by Denoyer-Geppert Company, Chicago, Illinois.(Kopal and Carder, 1974, pp. 140-141).
1970s Sternberg State Astronomical Institute? : Gores for Soviet globe
1970s Barbara Von Damnitz : a very small map of the moon's near side in the book BLV Himmelsfuhrer Sterne + Planeten by Gunther D. Roth. Although it shows 94 named lunar formations, it's not a very accurate looking map.
1970 Hansen : Guide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs. Washington, D.C.: NASA, SP-242.
1971 Wilhelms & McCauley : Geologic Map of the Near Side of the Moon. This map was based on 44 quadrants maps which are now online at the Lunar & Planetary Institute.
1970 Kopal : A New Photographic Atlas of the Moon
1971 Philips : Philip's Moon Map
1971 Gutschewski et al. : Atlas and Gazetteer of the Near Side of the Moon. Washington, D.C.: NASA, SP-241
1971 Bowker & Hughes : Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon
1972 Antonin Rükl : Maps of Lunar Hemispheres. Astrophysics & Space Science Library
1970s Atlas : Globe
1970s NASA/DMA : Lunar Topographic Orthophotomaps (LPOD)
1972 Michael and Blackshear : Gravimetric map of the nearside (Moon vol. 3, p. 388
1973 Kharkov Observatory : Albedo map of the Moon (35 cm wide x 52 cm high)
1973 Gene Smith : Map of lunar domes
1974 Voigt and Giebler : (G) Berliner Mond-Atlas: in 107 fortografischen Blättern. Berlin: Wilhelm-Foerster-Sternwarte.
1974 Lipskiy et al. : A unified system of selenodetic coordinates
1976 Lawrence Clarke : outline map of the moon's near side in 16 sections, in Patrick Moore's book New Guide to the Moon, Norton 1976.
1976 Antonin Rükl : map of the moon's near side in 76 sections; in the booklet Moon, Mars, and Venus (Hamlyn). The color of the moonmap's sections look somewhat dirty pink, and in the 1990's version it was changed to light khaki; in a much larger atlas called Hamlyn Atlas of the Moon (see 1990). The 2004 edition of this atlas was composed of blue-colored map sections.
1980 Philip : (G) Philip's Moon Map. London: George Philip and Sons.
1981 Charles A. Cross : map of the moon's near side in 6 sections, in the book The Moon by Patrick Moore and Charles A. Cross (Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1981). Note: in this book there's also a map of the moon's far side (Mercator projection) and the north/south polar regions (in stereographic projection). All maps were made by Charles A. Cross.
1982 Bishop : Map and feature chart drawn by Roy Bishop, included in the annual RASC Observer's Handbook since 1982.
1982 Dzhapiashvili : Pol︠i︡arimetricheskiĭ atlas luny
1983 Rand Mc Nally : greenish colored map of the moon's near side, in 6 sections, included in the Atlas of the Universe by Patrick Moore. Shows lots of unofficial lunar nomenclature, of which the origin is still unknown (except H.P.Wilkins' new names). This atlas also shows a lightblue colored map of the moon's far side (Mercator projection), and two maps of both the moon's north- and south polar regions (stereographic projection). The 1970's edition of this atlas shows almost no nomenclature on the far side map.
1983 Schwinge : (G) Fotografischer Mondatlas. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth.
1984 Snyder : (G) Maps of the Heavens. New York: Abbeville Press.
1985 Viscardy : Atlas-Guide Photographique de la Lune - review photo
1987 Don Wilhelms : Geologic Map of the Present Moon and Geologic Structures of the Moon, both in Geologic History of the Moon
1989 M. Ketelslegers : outline map of the moon's near side (in four quadrants) in the book Maanmonografieen by Tony Dethier (VVS - Vereniging Voor Sterrenkunde, 1989).
1990 Antonin Rükl : Hamlyn Atlas of the Moon (LPOD), revised in 2004 (see also LPOD A Wallfull of Rukl)
1991 Apollo 15, 16, and 17 : a set of colorful geologic maps of the moon's near and far side, showing the moon's composition and distribution of chemical elements at the "Apollo-zones", included in the Lunar Sourcebook; a User's Guide to the Moon (edited by Heiken, Vaniman, French).
1990s Paul Spudis : Clementine topography map
1991 Harold Hill : map of the moon's near side in 16 sections, in his book A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings . Although Harold Hill was a fine draughtsman, his map in 16 sections looks rather poor and a bit "nonchalant". However, the detailed drawings of the telescopically observed lunar regions are exquisite!
1994 Bridget Mintz Testa : "A Swirl of Moondust," Astronomy October 1994, pages 28 to 35 (this article contains several maps of swirl-clusters on the moon's surface, such as the Mare Ingenii region, the Mare Marginis region, the Lobachevskij region, the Gerasimovich region...).
1997-2008 Kevin Clarke : Selenographia - online atlas based on Consolidated Lunar Atlas
1998 Calvin Hamilton : Moon Icosahedron fold a globe based on USGS airbrush map
1998 Joseph Cohen : (G) The Face of the Moon: A Descriptive Guide. Melbourne: Self-published.
1999 Henry Hatfield : The Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas, edited by Jeremy Cook (contains an outline map of the moon's near side, in 16 sections).

2000 (?) Stellanova : small pivotable moonglobe, although quite detailed, it is not very accurate at the moon's equatorial belt. Shows the landing sites of project Apollo.
2000 Westfall : Westfall, John E., Atlas of the Lunar Terminator. (Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2001 A.S. Konopliv : Gravity map from Lunar Prospector data
2002 Widdowson : Moon Phase Maps
2002 Astronomer's Lunar Atlas and Explorer
2002 Chon, Lim and Ang : Photographic Atlas of the Moon
2003 Harry Hiesinger : Lunar mare ages
2003(?) US Geological Survey : Earth's Moon Clementine Color-Coded Shaded Relief Map (fold a globe)
2003 Christian LeGrand and Patrick Chevalley : Virtual Moon Atlas
2003 John Murray : Philip's Moon Map; New Edition. A large map of the Moon's near side and a small map of the far side. More than 500 features named and indexed, and lots of info! Typographical error on the nearside map: the absence of the name BESSEL - DannyCaes DannyCaes Apr 27, 2011
2003 John Murray : Moon map in Peter Grego's Philip's Moon Observer's Guide (which is an interesting booklet full of lunar drawings and photographs made by dedicated observers of the moon). A very handy guide!
2004 Ben Bussey and Paul Spudis : Clementine Atlas of the Moon (LPOD)
2004 Thierry Legault and Serge Brunier : Le Grand Atlas de la Lune
2004 Filipe Alves : Color Atlas of the Moon
2004 Lunar & Planetary Institute : Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon - a digitized version of Bowker and Hughes
2004 Antonin Rükl : Atlas of the Moon, revised from 1990
2004(?) Jasper Halekas : Magnetic map of nearside
2004 Columbus Globe : 26 cm globe made in Germany
2005(?) Eddie Trimarchi : Moon Phase Maps- 18 looseleaf charts
2005 Sky & Telescope : Sky & Telescope's Moon Map
2005 Ralph Aeschliman : Maps of entire globe
2005 Peter Grego : Observers Map of the Moon -- (see also 2007 and 2009)
2005 NASA : Worldwind lunar map - interactive digital map using Clementine images
2005 Byrne : Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Near Side of the Moon (Springer)
2005 Cook : The Hatfield SCT Lunar Atlas” Photographic Atlas for Meade, Celestron, and Other SCT Telescopes. London: Springer-Verlag.
2005 Dunlop et al. : Collins Atlas of the Night Sky. New York: Harper Collins.
2005 Dunlop et al. : (G) Der Kosmos-Atlas Stern und Planeten: Mit allen Sternbildern und Mondkarten. Stuttgart: Franckh-Kosmos Verlag-Gmbh and Company, KG.
2006 Rükl and Seronik : Sky & Telescope's Field Map of the Moon
200X US Geological Survey : Map-A-Planet (LPOD) is a new style of digital map
2006-2008 C.A. Wood : Farside Quadrant Maps. NW Quad; SE Quad
2006 Legault and Brunier : (G) New Atlas of the Moon. Translated by Klaus R. Brasch. Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada: Firefly Books, 2006. (Originally titled, Le Grand Atlas de la Lune, 2004.)
2007 US Geological Survey : Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature Digital Atlas (LPOD) A new online mapping of nomenclature
2007 John Moore : Poster with 45 cm diameter map including information on geology and geophysics
2007 Grego : Grego, Peter T., Observer's Map of the Moon (Birmingham, published by the author, 2007) -- (see also 2005 and 2009)
2007(?) unknown : Chinese globe
2007 Google : Google Moon
2007 Rükl : (G) Kleiner Mondatlas: Mondkarten für jedes Fernrohr. Erlangen, Germany: Oculum–Verlag GmbH (illustration -- see attachments to messages)
2008 Byrne : The Far Side of the Moon: A Photographic Guide (Springer)
2008 Alex Pruss of Baylor University : Lunar Maps several color and B/W maps identifying features.
2008/2009 Burt : British amateur Geoff Burt's modern nomenclature map in the style of Thomas Harriot
2009 John Moore : 20 sheet spiral bound atlas
2009 The Oberhausen Gasometer 25 m diameter Moon Balloon : (see LPOD The Biggest Moon on Earth)
2009 (?) Grego : Grego, Peter T., Observer's Map of the Moon (internet resource) -- (see also 2005 and 2007)
2009 : a greyish-lightbluish colored map of the moon's near side (in two hemispheres: northern and southern), and a small one of the far side, in Scott L. Montgomery's book Moon : a tribute to earth's nearest neighbour (which is an overview of lunar sciences and related spaceflight, with wonderful photographs made during the Apollo program!).
2010 Fred Dase : Lunar Field Atlas PDF file of a labeled Consolidated Lunar Atlas in 38 sheets.
2012 Ben Bussey and Paul Spudis: The Revised and Updated edition of the Clementine Atlas of the Moon.
2012 Charles Wood and Maurice Collins: 21st Century Atlas of the Moon
2013 Sky & Telescope Lunar Globe, see LPOD Hemispheric Hole
2013 Kaguya Lunar Globe, see LPOD Spherical Pleasures

Professional Maps made in Association with Apollo

A series of different scale maps were made in support of the Apollo program. Most are online at the Lunar Map Catalog at the Lunar & Planetary Institute. These include the LAC maps and LTO series, the two most extensive and best maps available.

US Geological Survey Geologic Maps

During the 1960s-80s the USGS in Flagstaff created two series of geologic maps. First were the Geologic Atlas of the Moon nearside maps based on the 1:1,000,000 LAC quadrangles. Later these were supplemented with six geologic maps of the entire surface at 1:5,000,000 scale.

Curiosities and remarkable photographs


All Maps are Good
Half Moon in Tucson
Viewing the Moon with an Aerial Telescope
1826 Moon
Half Moon in Broward
What Technology is for
Observation Exacte
A Wallfull of Rukl
Historical Footnote, 40 Years Late
It's only a Paper Moon, 2.0
It's only a Paper Crater
Manning Moon Ball
Franz & Orientale
The Best Image Map of the Moon (moon's nearside; JAXA-Kaguya)
The Best Farside Map of the Moon (JAXA-Kaguya)
Peru and the Moon
Congratulations, John!
Color of History
Half a Golden Quarter (Moon map by Joseph Klepesta and Ladislav Lukes)
The Biggest Moon on Earth (the 25 m diameter moon balloon at Oberhausen, Germany)
Google Earth's Moon
A Tangled Tale of Good Intentions
Why are Maria where they are? (the distribution of mare-regions on the lunar surface).
LFC-1 (Lunar Farside Chart-1)


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