Early Motion Pictures of Eclipses (1639-1880)

Motion pictures of specific historical eclipses exist dating back more than 375 years.  In this post, I’ll present some of the oldest surviving examples for viewing in motion for the first time (as far as I’m aware): eleven from the seventeenth century, four from the eighteenth century, and six from the nineteenth century.  That makes…

Moon Phase Animations (AD 650-1650)

The phenakistoscope was the first known animation device to rely on rapidly displayed image sequences, and it dates back only to the first half of the nineteenth century.  However, some much older pictures exist of successive moon phases arranged into circles, and these closely resemble phenakistoscope discs in format and logic.  I recently had the…