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In 1610, Galileo Galilei begins

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Between Jan. 4th and 15th of 1610, Galileo Galilei pointed his modified telescope into the sky and recorded the first detailed observations of the moon's surface, sunspots moving across the sun's surface, the four largest moon orbiting around Jupiter, the phases of Venus and the star field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo#Contributions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_telescope