At night, an old astronomer with a long white beard (and a fairy hat) falls asleep in front of the large window of his observatory and dreams... And the Moon gets off the sky and goes up to him all but with the aim to swallow him. Phoebe, the Moon goddess, then appears and the old man would like to grab or chase her, but all in a while he wakes up. The film is composed by three scenes and, passing from one to another, the almost identical set hides the shooting breaks from the spectators. The expedient of the dream, as an open door to the imagination, is perfectly set in the magic and surreal atmosphere that enlivens the three short shots: a jugglery show - similar to ones Méliès had experimented in his first trials in the theatre - that let foretell the incredible possibilities the cinema is able to offer. This film is surely not very shown, but it is nevertheless a little masterpiece rich of inspiration and very interesting. This film is also known with the title Astronomer’s Dream or, in the US, The man in the Moon.