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The birth of astronomy as a modern science


It is 400 years since the Jacobean astronomer Thomas Harriot turned a newfangled invention, the telescope, to the heavens to observe and draw the moon. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the celebrations to mark the event of what is widely regarded as the birth of astronomy as a modern science.

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