Over the Moon with Thomas Harriot

From the BBC:

A 400-year-old set of “moon maps” created by a little-known Englishman are to go on display to mark the launch of the International Year of Astronomy.

Experts say they prove their creator – Thomas Harriot – beat Galileo to become the first man to view the moon through a telescope.

The Italian philosopher has long been credited with achieving the feat, in December 1609.

But papers at West Sussex Record Office show Harriot managed it months earlier.

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