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The Origin of the Telescope

Contrary to popular belief, Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) did not invent the telescope, and he was probably not even the first person to use this instrument in astronomy. Instead, the latter honor may be attributed to Thomas Harriot (1560–1621). Harriot developed a map of the Moon several months before Galileo began observations. Nevertheless, Galileo distinguished himself in the field through his patience, dedication, insight, and skill.

The actual inventor of the telescope may never be known with certainty. Its invention may have been by a fortuitous occurrence when some spectacle maker happened to look through two lenses at the same time. Several accounts report that Hans Lipperhey of Middelburg in the Netherlands had two lenses set up in his spectacle shop to allow visitors to look through them and see the steeple of a distant church. However, this story cannot be verified.

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