Canals on Mars

Excerpted from Dancing on Ropes: Translators & the Balance of History by Anna Aslanyan: In August of 1877, the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli turned his telescope towards Mars.  The director of the Brera Observatory in Milan had installed an eight-inch Merz refractor on the roof of the Brera Palace, initially to observe double stars. Continue reading “Canals on Mars”