Fact Tuesday: Galileo’s telescope

I am introducing our first regular feature to this blog: Fact Tuesday! Each Tuesday I will post a quick little science fact.

It’s Fact Tuesday! Time for some truth.

It was on this day, 400 years ago, that Galileo showed off his telescope to the Senate of Venice. And while Galileo’s telescope gets credit for a whole lot of things (like proving that the Sun is the centre of our universe, not the Earth), Galileo didn’t actually invent the telescope. The person who gets credit is a Dutch man named Hans Lipperhay. Hans invented a basic telescope the year before that magnified things by three times. But Galileo’s improvements to the basic one, first by magnifying things eight times, then later on that year by 20 times, lead the way to many scientific discoveries that we base our science on today.

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