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Piece honoring the Mercury MESSENGER mission created for my 7,000th tweet.  The text is taken from the title page of a translated version of Galileo's "Sidereal Messenger."  Background image was taken of Mercury by MESSENGER on October 18, 2014.  Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Piece honoring the Mercury MESSENGER mission created for my 7,000th tweet. The text is taken from the title page of a translated version of Galileo’s “Sidereal Messenger.” Background image was taken by MESSENGER on October 18, 2014. Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

From "The Sidereal Messenger," the English translation of Galileo Galilei's "Sidereus Nuncius," published in 1610.  The stars redacting part of the original text are from Galileo's own star drawings; I have sliced the original drawings and reassembled the pieces at random so the patterns are no longer discernible.