Technology offers an enchanting new look at long-forgotten worlds
The British Library has digitised part of its collection of globes, some of which have never been photographed before
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/ When a new planet swims into his ken. — Keats, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”.
It is a scene familiar to any sci-fi aficionado: the tiny dot, a speck against a vast, dark background, zooms steadily closer until a whole world spans your field of vision. Now the adventure can begin.