There is no ancient culture that has not spent considerable time looking at the sky, from the Mesopotamians and Egyptians to the Persians and Native Americans.

But something happened four centuries ago that was to revolutionize the world. In 1609, an Italian mathematician pointed his rudimentary handmade telescope toward Jupiter and saw its moons orbiting around the huge gas giant. Read more in the Montreal Gazette.

Shuttle silhouetted on sun

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