This photograph represents an instant in time as recorded by the Galileo spacecraft. The Earth and Moon scene appeared on a single frame at a distance of about 2.9 million miles. Toward the bottom of the Moon, the indentation into the bright half is the Aiken Basin. It is believed to be one of the oldest and largest lunar impacts. Credit: NASA.
The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by Sir David Brewster, a Scottish physicist and Christian minister. The origin of the word kaleidoscope speaks to the splendid images. Kaleidoscope finds its roots in the Greek word kalos meaning beautiful, the Indo-european eidos that means form, and scope that is Greek for to see.