405th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope: Looking Back on How Past Innovation Influenced the Future of Astronomy

August 27, 2014 5:53 PM

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405th Anniversary of Galileo's Telescope: Looking Back on How Past Innovation Influenced the Future of Astronomy

Four hundred five years ago this week, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to members of the Venetian senate in the Plaza San Marco. This presentation on Aug. 25, 1609, marks the birth of the astronomical telescope and the launching of a scientific revolution.

It is fitting that Galileo's telescope was unveiled in Venice, the cradle of glass making. In the 15th century master glass makers from Murano Island, off the coast of Venice, discovered the process for producing clear glass and opened the door to the production of lenses -- curved, transparent glas...

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