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Thomas Harriot beat Galileo in showing the world what the lunar surface looked like nearly six months before the Italian invited the world to come and see his etchings in December 1609.
Harriot had already drawn and plotted his chart in July that year, dated documents show.
His own telescope was just as powerful as Galileo's, it appears - but his ego was considerably smaller.
So while the Italian reaped the glory for 'discovering' the lunar surface, the Englishman quietly carried on stargazing and charting lunar landscapes.
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