The Moon (1953)

14 Feb
Director  Ruroy Sibley
Producer  Ruroy Sibley
Contributors  Ruroy Sibley
Length  11
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description:  A study of the moon as seen through telescopes of different sizes. Astronomical photography by U.S. observatories is used to show the phases of the moon, the Polar regions, the craters, and other features of the moon’s surface
Call # Ma89
Genre Instructional
Rare Yes
Online No
Copyright status Protected
Physical condition good
Oregon-related no


Based on newspaper clippings, Dr. Ruroy Sibley traveled the US visiting Universities and community centers presenting The Moon in unison with 5 other short films (The Sun, The Inner Planets, Jupiter, Saturn and The Milky Way) about our solar system. It is unlikely that the University of Oregon obtained this film during his travels, the clippings date between the late 1930’s and early 1940’s and photographs show Sibley as an already late middle-aged man in those years. There is little information on Sibley but it should be noted that all of his films were copyrighted not by him but by a Mabel Sibley, possibly his wife. I have yet to see the film but many clippings noted the interesting and innovative techniques that Sibley used to capture and present images of space.

The University also owns a 1953 copy of Sibley’s The Depths of Space. He presented this film around the US as well.

One Response to “The Moon (1953)”

  1. Pat Conolly December 26, 2017 at 1:53 am #

    Of interest is that at the very first Science Fiction Convention, New York City, July 2-4 1939, one item on the program was Ruroy Sibley’s lecture and showing of his film “Seeing the Universe”. I don’t recall reading any discussion of that showing.
    Here’s a link to the program page:

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