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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.

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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.

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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.

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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