|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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Wales Online - December 26, 2009Wales, UK — A campaign has been launched to protect Wales’ clear night skies from the ravages of light pollution.
Focs Information Agency - December 25, 2009Belogradchik, BULGARIA — Dr. Tanyu Bonev, director of the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, in an interview with Radio Smolyan - Focus.
Miller-McCune - December 24, 2009Borrego Springs, CALIFORNIA — If the Star of Bethlehem, that "star with royal beauty bright," were to appear this Christmas, it would be obliterated in most of the world by an orange halo of glary city light.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise - December 24, 2009Tupper Lake, NEW YORK — The Adirondack Public Observatory (APO), a nonprofit group planning to build an observatory in Tupper Lake, was awarded a $1,250 grant this week to help with the construction of its first building.
Columbus Local News - December 22, 2009Columbs, OHIO — I saw no stars on that cloudy night at the Perkins.
Norwich Bulletin - December 21, 2009Norwich, CONNECTICUT — When the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, it did so to celebrate, among other matters, the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Italian Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).
Pacific Scoop - December 18, 2009NEW ZEALAND — Next year is pivotal to the success of New Zealand seeking a world heritage night sky reserve for Tekapo Aoraki-Mt Cook.
WIRED - December 18, 2009Phoenix, ARIZONA — A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) area conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 3-5.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 17, 2009Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — This year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. However, a little known Englishman and Renaissance scholar named Thomas Harriot was also exploring the heavens in 1609.
Bexley Times - December 17, 2009Bexley, UK — An astrologer says the science world does not know why an annual asteroid shower is getting stronger and stronger each year.
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