In today’s peek into the archives, Museum artist Robert Kane works on a mural of the Moon in the original Hayden Planetarium. Craters and mountain peaks appear three-dimensional, as if the observer has just stepped on to the lunar surface. Once finished, the mural was lit by black light, conveying the effect of sunlight reflected from planet Earth some 230 thousand miles away.

Check back next Friday for more images from the Hayden Planetarium archives.

(AMNH Library/1543; image dated October 1968)