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2009-08-25 16:00:00

Four hundred years ago on this day, Italian astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo unveiled a device that would become a timeless symbol of scientific discovery "“ the telescope. Throughout his lifetime, Galileo would improve upon his first eight-powered telescope model, allowing him to make unprecedented discoveries. After noting that the moon's surface was not glossy and smooth, as well as showing that Venus had a range of moon-like phases, Galileo was seen as an outsider by the...

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2009-07-14 09:37:05

400 years ago English polymath Thomas Harriot became the first person to look at a celestial object through a telescope. Harriot pointed his simple "ËœDutch trunke' telescope at the Moon on 26th July 1609, making simple drawings of our nearest astronomical neighbor from his house in Syon Park in what is now West London. Harriot made his pioneering drawings several months before Galileo. On 26th July 2009, this pioneering work will be commemorated in Telescope 400, a public event...

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2009-01-14 12:25:00

A new article in the February edition of 'Astronomy and Geophysics' explains how British astronomer Thomas Harriot made the first drawing of the Moon through a telescope in July 1609, several months before Galileo. This year the world celebrates the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), marking the 400th anniversary of the first drawings of celestial objects through a telescope. This first has long been attributed to Galileo Galilei, the Italian who went on to play a leading role in the...

2008-11-27 14:12:55

The turkey headlining Thanksgiving feasts across the United States Thursday has left its mark in Britain, Spain and appropriately, Turkey, a historian says. East Carolina University history professor Larry Tise said British scientist Thomas Harriot has been credited with tabbing the large birds as turkeys in 1585 while in North Carolina, the bird actually has a global history, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said. Tise said Harriot actually named the birds after the names it had earned in...


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2009-07-17 13:44:17

Thomas Harriot (c. 1560 - 1621) was an English astronomer. He was also a mathematician, ethnographer, and a translator. He is sometimes credited for introducing the potato to Great Britain and Ireland. He was also the first person to make an accurate drawing of the moon through a telescope. His drawing (July 26, 1609) was accomplished nearly four months before Galileo's. Harriot's surname is sometimes spelled Harriott, Hariot, or Heriot by different sources. Harriot was born in 1560 in...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
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