Telescope

Telescope

1609

The invention of the telescope is generally now attributed to the German-Dutch lensmaker Hans Lippershey, but many have argued it was not until Galileo Galilei copied his designs and improved upon them in 1609 that the telescope, as we know it today, was born. Galileo’s telescope reportedly offered 20x magnification and through it the astronomer discovered four of Jupiter’s satellites and that the Sun was covered in spots. Since then, the telescope has evolved massively and today enables us to explore some of the very deepest reaches of space. Check out some of the key points in the telescope’s development now…