Friday, January 16, 2009

Someone charted the moon before Galileo

''"Thomas Harriot was not only the first person ever to draw an astronomical body with a telescope on 26 July 1609, he rapidly developed to become an absolutely superb lunar cartographer," he said

"There weren't equivalent lunar drawings to be done for another 30 years.

"Tragically, no-one knew of it until relatively recent times, so Galileo gets all the credit."

Harriot was a wealthy gentleman with no desire for fame and fortune, unlike Galileo, said Dr Chapman.
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