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Galileo’s Moon

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Galileo’s Moon Drawings, the First Realistic Depictions of the Moon in History (1609-1610)

in Astronomy, Science | January 30th, 2014 2 Comments

Galileo Galilei did not invent the telescope. The honor is usually reserved for Hans Libbershey, a Dutch eyeglass maker, who was at least the first person to apply for a patent, in 1608. But Galileo was a very early adopter, and improver, of the instrument. In 1609, he made the drawings above “from life,” the very first realistic renderings of the Moon (now housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence).

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