Friday, January 23, 2009

First lunar map

From the archives listserv: The 17th-century drawings that prove a humble Englishman mapped the moon BEFORE Galileo

Thomas Harriot beat Galileo in showing the world what the lunar surface looked like nearly six months before the Italian invited the world to come and see his etchings in December 1609.

Harriot had already drawn and plotted his chart in July that year, dated documents show.

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