View Full Version : The Telescope Has a Birthday Party

2008-Oct-02, 05:30 PM
All sorts of anniversaries going on these days — yesterday was NASA's 50th birthday, on Saturday, Oct. 4 is the 51st anniversary of Sputnik's launch, and today we celebrate the birthday of the telescope. 400 years ago, officials in the Netherlands were pondering over a patent application by a spectacle maker named Hans [...]

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2008-Oct-02, 06:17 PM
When I was in Italy in May I visited a museum of scientifc instruments in Florence. One of the highlights was seeing two of the telescopes that Galileo actually used. They also had an extensive display explaining the optics of the scopes and Galileo's observations. But seeing the actual telescopes was very cool.