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The Very First Telescope

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Who invented the very first telescope?

The Very First Telescope

In the early 1600s, a Dutch eyeglass maker by the name of Hans Lippershey conceived the idea of making an instrument with two glass lenses in order to see objects at a distance. In 1608, he applied for a patent with the government in order to gain sole credit for his invention, the first telescope. In order to receive the patent, Lippershey needed to do two things; first, he needed to make three additional models of his device and second, he needed to keep his idea a secret. Lippershey was only successful at the first task, making additional models of his device. Word quickly spread of his invention of the first telescope and Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made his own telescope creations. Tiny by today's standards, Galileo's telescopes measured no bigger than an inch, crosswise. From 1610 to 1619, Galileo used his telescope to make a number of discoveries, including the moon's mountains and craters as well as the moons around Jupiter.

   

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