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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.