Kepler Finishes Somnium (The Dream)
Author: Johannes Kepler, German Astronomer and Mathematician
I have completed in the tradition of Lucian, a fantastic tale of a journey to the moon. It is about a young Icelander named Duracotus who dreams that a demon lectures to him about the moon. The demon flies to the moon during eclipses and describes its details, which include seas, mountains, harsh weather, and tough-skinned inhabitants who live in a kingdom called Levania. Somnium uses a massive amount of astronomical data including notes that support heliocentricism. I will send a copy to Galileo right away.