|Arcetri, Tuscany, Italy (1564 - 1642)|
Galileo Galilei was a Tuscan physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism. His contributions to observational astronomy include the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the observation and analysis of sunspots.
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Sierra Vista Herald - June 24, 2009Palominas, ARIZONA — Astronomy enthusiasts from all over the western United States traveled to Palominas this weekend to mingle with fellow star gazers and try out some of the newest telescopes on the market.
Salt Lake Tribune - June 23, 2009Farmington, UTAH — Davis School District students participating in last week's "Advanced Astronomy Camp" at Farmington Junior High School and Northridge High School got to take the universe home with them at the end of the week.
News Shopper Online - June 23, 2009Greenwich, UK — Five years ago, the Cassini spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn after an eight-year voyage to the planet. During its initial four-year tour it sent back a stream of awe-inspiring images of Saturn and its numerous moons.
DeshGuajarat - June 23, 2009Ahmedabad, INDIA — Astronomy is considered to be perhaps the most ancient of sciences. It begins as soon as we look up at night. As we look up, at first the starry sky seems motionless. But if we continue to make observations night after night, the sky appears to be moving in a regular and predictable fashion.
Xinhua - June 23, 2009HONG KONG — A record-breaking scale of more than 3,500 buildings and organizations in Hong Kong switched their indoor lights off for two hours Sunday night to combat light pollution and climate change through the biggest star-gazing in the history of the city.
New York Times - June 22, 2009Mount Graham, ARIZONA — Fauré’s “Requiem” is playing in the background, followed by the Kronos Quartet. Every so often the music is interrupted by an electromechanical arpeggio — like a jazz riff on a clarinet — as the motors guiding the telescope spin up and down. A night of galaxy gazing is about to begin at the Vatican’s observatory on Mount Graham.
Norwich Evening News - June 22, 2009Norwich, ENGLAND — Pupils at a city school will have stars in their eyes after being given a free telescope as part of the International Year of Astronomy.
The Standard - June 22, 2009HONG KONG — We were supposed to be seeing stars last night as lights in more than 3,500 of Hong Kong's buildings were switched off for two hours to put the sky in clearer focus.
Times of India - June 22, 2009Ahmedabad, INDIA — Get ready for the most-awaited total solar eclipse on July 22. The eclipse marks the celebration of International Year of Astronomy globally.
Camrose Canadian - June 21, 2009Camrose AB, CANADA — The first full day of summer coincides with Father’s Day on June 21, offering us the opportunity to use the many hours of daylight to say, “Happy First Day of Summer” as well as “Happy Father’s Day.”
RantRave - June 21, 2009Lynwood, WASHINGTON — 2009 has been declared International Year of Astronomy by the U.N. In keeping with tradition NASA has stepped and fetched. I'm OK with that because I found some really good info on the NASA sites during my search on the subject.
Ridgefield Press - June 21, 2009Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — The Discovery Center, Ridgefield’s non-profit “Center Without Walls,” is planning Family Camp for summer 2009, a series of programs designed for families to enjoy some of the favorite experiences of summer camp together.
660 News - June 20, 2009Calgary AB, CANADA — The University of Calgary's Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is continuing its celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.
North Bay Nugget - June 20, 2009North Bay ONT, CANADA — The international year of astronomy 2009 is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.
Edinburgh Evening News - June 20, 2009Dalmeny, UK — Having a star named after you is possibly one of the most unique gifts you could ever receive. But one schoolgirl has had an even bigger honour after her drawing became the inspiration for a new Scottish constellation.
The Westender - June 19, 2009Brisbane, AUSTRALIA — Star Trek, tribbles, science fiction writers, University of Queensland scientists, junior philosophers and aliens will feature at this year’s Buranda State Primary School Fete.
Queensferry Gazette - June 19, 2009Dalmeny, UK — The constellation, which will be known as the 'Wee Sleekit Beastie', is the first to be chosen for many hundreds of years in the northern sky.
Oelwein Daily Register - June 19, 2009Oelwein, IOWA — Galileo Galilei transformed our knowledge of the universe in 1609 when he peered into the cosmos using an astronomical telescope--the first person to do so. An new exhibit opening at the Oelwein Public Library on Tuesday, July 7 celebrates that event and tells the story of how astronomy has evolved over the 400 years since then.
University of Wisconsin-Madison News - June 19, 2009Madison, WISCONSIN — The University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Place and the Monona Terrace invite the public to Planet Trek Fest at Monona Terrace on Saturday, June 20.
The Record-Courier - June 19, 2009Minden, NEVADA — Space Science for Schools recently held an art and essay contest in conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy.
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