Did you know that the first telescope to look at the stars was invented by Galileo Galilei? However, a year earlier in 1608, the very first telescope was actually discovered by accident. Hans Lippershey was a Dutch spectacle maker. One day his children were playing with some lenses. They made a simple telescope and showed it to their father. He used the device to view a distant weather vane that looked bigger and closer when viewed through the device!