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Did an Englishman beat Galileo to the first moon observation?

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posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 03:45 PM
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History credits the Italian philosopher as the first to turn a telescope towards the moon, but months earlier Thomas Harriot drew detailed maps of our heavenly neighbour, revealing mountains, craters and giant plains

Thomas Harriot, a wealthy but publicity-shy astronomer and mapmaker, produced a series of exquisite lunar drawings, one of which is dated 26 July 1609 (above), pre-dating Galileo's much-celebrated observations of the moon by six months.


I say....of course we did.....

Guardian article

But of course, we were all beaten to it by the ancients anyway....




posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 04:40 PM
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Yes he did,the story was featured on BBC's 'The sky at night'
If Patrick Moore says so then its good enough for me



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