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In April of 2013, NASA released this amazingly detailed image of the Horsehead Nebula—which Hubble took in infrared light—to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Hubble's launch.  Image credit:  NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci / AURA).  Online, courtesy NASA.

 

 

Facts which at first seem improbable will,
even on scant explanation,
drop the cloak which has hidden them
and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.

 

Galileo was a well-known math professor at the University of Padua when he learned about an interesting discovery.

In 1608, someone in the Netherlands (most likely Hans Lipperhey, an optician) had invented a device which Lipperhey described (in his patent application)  as “an instrument for looking into the distance.” We know that “instrument” as a telescope - from the Greek words tele [“far”] and scopeo [“I see"].

Fascinated with the device, Galileo  improved  the original design - ultimately magnifying by twenty-one times what could be seen through the glass - and showed it to a group of lawmakers in Venice. Then he did something unusual: He turned his new telescope up - toward the sky.

What he saw forever changed  how mankind views the heavens. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5139stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jun 01, 2008

Updated Last Revision: Oct 04, 2017


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