400 years of telescopes

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400 Years of the Telescope 400 Years of the Telescope is a comprehensive historical documentary of the telescope; starting with invention of the telescope up to what the future holds for it. The inventor being somewhat debated, the documentary starts with Galileo turning the invention to the heavens and making the first close up studies of the sky. We learn the discrepancies between the Ptolemaic and Copernican theories, and how they explained the planet’s retrograde motion. The documentary then turns to the technological advances of the telescope since its invention 400 years ago. It started as a simple refracting lens in a long tube, evolved into the enormous reflecting telescopes, and eventually became an orbiting satellite called the Hubble Telescope. The documentary then turned to some of the numerous discoveries made possible by the telescope. Most of the advancements in the study of the expanding universe, distant stars, and exoplanets are all due to the powerful telescopes that we have today. In conclusion, the film alludes to what the future holds in store for the once simple idea. The documentary revealed the plans for football- field-sized telescopes being built in Chile and discussed the not-so-distant future that has an Internet database of professional telescope data that
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course C 10 taught by Professor Filippenko during the Spring '07 term at Berkeley.

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