Iapetus. Referred to as "Japetus" in the novel 2001:A Space Odyssey where it was a described as a cosmic heliograph flashing at Earth for 300 years. The second monolith, or star gate, was located at the centre of the white hemisphere.
Maintaining cabinets of curiosities evolved during the Renaissance-Baroque period. In these collectors’ rooms precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. They reflected the standard of knowledge and view of the world at that time.