Seeing things that are far away is routine for us today. Just grab binoculars — or pull it up on Google Earth. But not too long ago, that luxury didn’t exist…
The earliest known telescope is widely thought to have been invented in 1608 by Dutch eyeglass maker Hans Lippershey – though he was never awarded a patent for his work.
Over the next 150 years, the telescope’s design would be improved by a number of scientist and inventors, including Galileo, who famously applied it to astronomy.
D.R. Barton, Jr.