The Next Generation of Telescopes And The Mysteries They’ll Reveal
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The year was 1609 when Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo utilised a telescope he built himself to survey our vast night sky. Through a little cosmos keyhole, he became one of the first to witness our moon’s mountains and craters; the sunspots of our sun; the four moons of Jupiter; and a ribbon of dispersed light later revealed as the myriad stars of our own Milky Way galaxy.
Onwards from these early discoveries, humanity began to unravel one celestial secret after another. We saw the faint glow of distant stars, nebulae and galaxies – and had the groundbreaking revelation that we on Earth revolved around the Sun, not it around us. We had taken baby steps into what has flourished into a grand era of space exploration – one only continually propelled today by our advances in technology.