Harriot's Moon map, c.1612

Harriot's Moon map, c.1612

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Caption: Moon map (c.1612) by British astronomer and mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621). Harriot graduated from Oxford University and was hired by Sir Walter Raleigh as a mathematics tutor. Halley's Comet in 1607 turned his attention to astronomy and Harriot made many telescopic observations of the moon, and attempted to map the full moon, at Syon House in London. Harriot made the first telescopic observations of the Moon on 26th July 1609 (C001/2222). His observations predate Galileo's study of the Moon by several months.

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