Ancient civilizations studied the skies and kept track of the position of the sun, moon and planets for calendrical purposes and, some more than others, for astrological purposes. Later astronomy became crucial in navigation endeavors. Among the many things that Galileo Galilei is credited with, is the invention of the telescope. Invention which revolutionized astronomy and helped him gain evidence to back the Copernican view of a sun centered universe. Technological and mechanical advances through the last centuries have been such that astronomy has now expanded to include astrophysics and cosmology.
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