Philipp Johann Heinrich Fauth

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Philipp Johann Heinrich Fauth

Philipp Johann Heinrich Fauth (19 March 1867 — 4 January 1941) was a German selenographer.


Born in Bad Dürkheim, he worked as a schoolteacher. His interest in astronomy was sparked when his father showed him Coggia's comet.[1] As an amateur astronomer, he studied the formations on the Moon with great intensity and meticulousness. He compiled an extensive atlas of the moon between 1884 and 1940 (which was not completely published until 1964, and prized today as a rare book). His Unser Mond was published in Bremen in 1936.

Working from an observatory in Landstuhl, Fauth represented the moon in twenty-four sectors. Unfortunately, Fauth carried out this immense work at the same time that advances were being made in photography that allowed for a more reliable depiction of the lunar surface.

In 1913 with co-author Hans Hoerbiger he published his now-defunct Cosmic Ice (Glacial Kosmogonie) theory,[2] which was subsequently investigated by Hans Schindler Bellamy.

In 1939, Heinrich Himmler gave him the title of professor, although Fauth had never taught at a university and never received a doctorate.

He died at Grünwald, Bavaria.

The crater Fauth on the Moon is named after him.


  1. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Hans Hoerbiger and Philipp Fauth, Glazialkosmogenie. 1913

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