SCIENCE Moon 142961

Thomas Harriot moon maps…Composite of maps of the Moon drawn by cartographer Thomas Harriot, issued by West Sussex Record Office, which are to go on public display, it was announced today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 14, 2009. The 17th century “moon maps” by Thomas Harriot appear to reveal that the Englishman preceded the famous Italian scientist in viewing the moon through a telescope. One of Harriot’s drawings is dated July 26 1609 (shown left), six months prior to Galleo’s well documented achievement in December 1609. See PA story SCIENCE Moon. Photo credit should read: West Sussex Record Office/PA Wire

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