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400 Years of the Telescope

The cover of 400 Years of the Telescope, with a photo of a mountain observatory and the starry sky above.

A documentary following the history of the telescope from the days of Copernicus to recent findings from the Hubble Telescope; 400 Years of the Telescope opens in 17th century Florence, Italy, with Galileo training his spyglass on the heavens and discovering that Jupiter has four moons; Venus has phases like the Moon; and most shocking of all: the Earth is not the center of the universe.

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Premiere

May 2009

PBS

60 minutes