Carefully using a red-filtered flashlight to preserve his eyes’ sensitivity to faint light, the boy made a quick drawing on paper of how the Andromeda Galaxy appeared with his 8-inch telescope on that late summer night. The bushes continued to rustle, the breeze shot through the trees, and Larry King continued to belt out questions on the radio. It was one more tiny moment in the history of the telescope — an instrument that has revolutionized science and our knowledge of the universe around us.
But it wasn’t always this way. In 1608, the Dutch lens maker Hans Lipperhey invented the telescope. Beginning about a year later and continuing over the course of many months, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei turned his primitive telescope, similar to Lipperhey’s, toward the heavens.
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Link to Part One.