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Sir John Frederick William Herschel was an English mathematician, astronomer, chemist, experimental photographer and inventor. The son of astronomer Sir William Herschel, he originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus.

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The day Galileo changed the universe, part one
Astronomy - August 26, 2009
Washington, DC — This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo hearing about a new Dutch invention called the telescope, recreating it in his own workshop independently, and then turning it toward the sky and making his first, world-changing observations.

Galileo challenged the church 400 years ago
Catholic News Service - August 25, 2009
Washington, DC — When Galileo Galilei first turned his simple telescope toward Jupiter, the moon and then the sun nearly 400 years ago, it’s not difficult to imagine how amazed he was.

Science Fun - August 25, 2009
USA — It is fitting that in 2009, the International Year of Astronomy, that we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the telescope. On August 25, 1609, Galileo introduced the telescope and began stargazing in Padua, Italy.

Astronomy - August 25, 2009
Washington, DC — Exactly 400 years ago today, Galileo unleashed what may be his most lasting contribution to science: the telescope. As both the International Year of Astronomy and Google's home page both commemorate, today's the day astronomy began in earnest.

Happy News - August 25, 2009
Austin, TEXAS — 2009 has been named the “International Year of Astronomy,” because it’s the quadricentennial of the first use of the telescope by Galileo Bonaiuti de’ Galilei (1564–1642), usually known by his first name only. Atheists have long used Galileo as a story of “science versus religion.” So what are the facts?

British astronomer eclipsed by Galileo’s telescope
The First Post - August 25, 2009
London, ENGLAND — It’s 400 years since Galileo demonstrated his telescope, but Thomas Harriot beat the great man to using a telescope to observe the heavens.

Take no notice! No two moons on 27th August - August 25, 2009
SPAIN — A rumour has been spreading that this Thursday 27th August planet Mars would appear from Earth to be the same size as the Moon. has spoken with the Planetarium of Pamplona, who assured that this was in fact untrue...

The News-Times - August 21, 2009
Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — Are there stars out tonight? I can't tell if it's cloudy or bright.

Calgary Herald - August 20, 2009
Calgary AB, CANADA — Look up in the sky, and beyond the birds, the planes and Superman, there's a whole universe to explore.

Kendal Astronomer - August 20, 2009
Chico, CALIFORNIA — The International Year of Astronomy, 2009 documentary, 400 Years of the Telescope, has picked up the prize for best Director at Australia’s SCINEMA science film festival, which runs until the 23rd of August.

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