|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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The Des Moines Register - April 12, 2009Des Moines, IOWA — Last week, nearly a million people across the world turned telescopes to the stars to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and Galileo's first close look at the heavens 400 years ago.
PennLive.com - April 11, 2009Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA — Galileo Galilei's 400-year-old telescope is an unassuming tube of wood, paper and copper, but with it he looked at the moons of Jupiter and changed the nature of his own planet.
The Morning Call - April 11, 2009Allentown, PENNSYLVANIA — With a lead tube and two pieces of glass, Galileo Galilei radically changed how the world viewed its place in the universe. Using a handmade telescope, probably not much stronger than a pair of present-day binoculars, the 17th century Italian mathematician looked at the sky and made observations of the moon and the planets that ushered in the age of astronomy.
Universe Today - April 10, 2009USA — A new 60-minute documentary created especially for the International Year of Astronomy is now airing on PBS stations in the US. “400 Years of the Telescope: a journey of science, technology and thought” is a remarkable voyage through space and time, filled with stunning, high-definition footage showing not only images from space taken by observatories around the world, but also the remote and beautiful locations where our eyes on the Universe – our magnificent telescopes – sit.
Symmetry Breaking - April 10, 2009Batavia, ILLINOIS — Without leaving your living room, you can get an inside look at the South Pole Telescope, a window to the early universe, that sits within walking distance of geographic bottom of the world, as well as insider views of 79 other renowned research telescopes.
Danbury News Times - April 9, 2009Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — Culminating their first season together with Saturday's concert celebrating the International Year of Astronomy, music director Gerald Steichen and the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra irrefutably proved that the sky's the limit.
Times Online - April 9, 2009Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — Look! Up in the sky. Past the birds. Past the planes. Gaze way up there — and out there — into the cosmos where fundamental mysteries of life lay waiting to be unraveled.
University of Arizona News - April 9, 2009Tucson, ARIZONA — Arizona Public Media will broadcast "400 Years of the Telescope," an hour-long documentary that celebrates four centuries of astral discoveries, on KUAT6 and HD on Friday at 10 p.m.
Dean W. Armstrong - April 9, 2009USA — This such an auspicious year. I watched an interview on Chicago Tonight with one of the creators of "400 Years of the Telescope", to be broadcast on PBS this Friday. Immediately a shot of the Yerkes 40-inch refractor passed by in glorious HD, a scope I am intimately familiar with, and now I am compelled to watch. Friday at 8PM on WTTW.
Chico News & Review - April 9, 2009Chico, CALIFORNIA — Upon entering the foyer of filmmaker Kris Koenig’s Interstellar Studios in north Chico, one is greeted by two shiny, golden Emmy statues proudly displayed inside a glass case.
NewsOK - April 9, 2009Norman, OKLAHOMA — Those who attended the latest installment of University of Oklahoma’s International Year of Astronomy lecture series had stars in their eyes.
JT Irregulars - April 8, 2009Racine, WISCONSIN — A new special premieres this weekend on PBS called 400 years of the Telescope (check your local listings for times...Friday at 9:00pm on channel 11 from Milwaukee). As you might suspect, this show is part of the International Year of Astronomy celebration.
SpaceRef - April 8, 2009USA — ESA's spaceborne X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has carried out an exclusive observation of the galaxy Messier 82, for the '100 Hours of Astronomy' cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Chico Enterprise Record - April 8, 2009Chico, CALIFORNIA — This week, a national documentary made by a local company on the development of the telescope will be broadcast on KIXE Channel 9.
Astronomy - April 8, 2009USA — Telescopes have extended the human senses to unimaginably distant and inhospitable parts of the universe.
Palomar Skies - April 8, 2009USA — To continue your celebration of the International Year of Astronomy you should plan on watching 400 Years of the Telescope on PBS.
Star Bulletin - April 8, 2009Honolulu, HAWAII — This year has been declared the International Year of Astronomy. I am an amateur astronomer and I hope the Big Island of Hawaii will continue to be the world's premier center for astronomy research. Towards this end, I am calling on all interested parties to become astronomy ambassadors.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - April 8, 2009Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — Martin Ratcliffe vividly remembers the awe he experienced the first time he looked through a telescope as a boy in England. Those glimpses helped propel him on a career that has taken him halfway around the world and deep into the universe.
Parkes Champion-Post - April 8, 2009Parkes NSW, AUSTRALIA — Last weekend's 100 Hours of Astronomy activities were a wonderful success, both in the Central West and around the world.
Universe Today - April 8, 2009Vancouver BC, CANADA — ESA’s space-borne X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has carried out an exclusive, 50-plus-hour observation of the starburst galaxy Messier 82, for the ‘100 Hours of Astronomy’ cornerstone project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Henley Standard - April 7, 2009Henley on Thames, UK — Oxford's Museum of the History of Science in Broad Street will come to life on Saturday, April 4 with Starry Messengers, a day of children’s activities, storytelling, music, talks and much more to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.
Examiner.com - April 6, 2009USA — The slogan for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA) proudly states: The Universe is yours to discover. A long list of activities and links on the organization’s website truly brings this slogan to life.
WNCT - April 6, 2009Greenville, NORTH CAROLINA — It’s an important year for one area of science: astronomy. 400 years ago an Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilee, improved the telescope.
Victoria News - April 6, 2009Victoria BC, CANADA — Julio Navarro and James Hesser grew up on different continents, but the beauty of the universe attracted them in a similar way.
io9 - April 6, 2009San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Another galaxy smashed through the heart of the Cartwheel Galaxy 100 million years ago, and today the Cartwheel remains one of the most powerful UV-emitting galaxies near us, as that blue outer ring shows.
Professor Astronomy - April 6, 2009USA — This Friday (April 10) at 10pm Eastern/Pacific, 9 Central, PBS will air a new high-def documentary called 400 Years of the Telescope, a production by Interstellar Studios created as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
New University - April 6, 2009Irvine, CALIFORNIA — While posters, banners, tents and other miscellaneous promotional materials garnered attention for various organizations on Ring Road during the first week of spring quarter, individuals flocked to another part of UC Irvine that was almost in total darkness.
The Lantern - April 6, 2009Columbus, OHIO — A crowd of more than 200 people arrived on the roof of Smith Lab on Saturday evening to experience the sights of the night sky through a telescope. This public star party was hosted by the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State in order to participate in the 100 Hours of Astronomy event.
MetroNews - April 5, 2009Halifax, CANADA — Stargazers wrapped up 100 soggy hours of astronomy yesterday, ending with a telescope clinic at Halifax’s Dresden Row Market.
WYTV - April 5, 2009Youngstown, OHIO — Youngstown State University is giving Valley residents a chance to experience astronomy this weekend.
Malaysia Star - April 5, 2009MALAYSIA — The United Nations has declared 2009 International Year of Astronomy, and an exhibition in Florence, Italy, pays tribute to a man who dedicated his life to studying the sun, moon and stars.
QuantumLimit.com - April 4, 2009USA — When I was 12, I sold garden seeds from my bicycle door-to-door in a small Oklahoma town. When the task was done, I had earned $18.00. I thereupon took my windfall down to a local store and bought a 3” reflecting telescope.
Thaindian News - April 4, 2009New Delhi, INDIA — Jantar Mantar, the 18th century observatory in the heart of the capital, was crowded with young students Saturday as they got together to learn the use of astronomical instruments and celebrate 2009 as the international year of astronomy.
The Chronicle Herald - April 4, 2009Nova Scotia, CANADA — Darkness has a bad rap. When the hapless victim expires in a horror movie, it’s usually not during a cheery daylight scene.
The Boston Globe - April 4, 2009Boston, MASSACHUSETTS — As twilight descends this evening, shining high in the southeast will be the moon and Saturn. These are the two biggest crowd-pleasers for wowing people with a telescope.
ScienceDaily - April 3, 2009USA — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone project, 100 Hours of Astronomy, is on track to be the largest single science public outreach event ever. More than 1500 events have been registered in over 130 countries and this number is increasing every day. 100 Hours of Astronomy is a truly global project; an event on a scale never attempted before, with more than one million people expected to participate.
AFP - April 3, 2009Pic du Midi, FRANCE — France aims to set up Europe's first "anti light-pollution reserve" to help preserve the night sky for a historic observatory in the Pyrenees, it was announced here Friday.
The Holland Sentinel - April 3, 2009Holland, MICHIGAN — The starry host above our heads is being celebrated worldwide at public events this year under the banner International Year of Astronomy 2009. This promotion has been put forth by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the world’s largest professional organization of astronomers, with nearly 10,000 members.
The Capital - April 3, 2009Annapolis, MARYLAND — To mark the International Year of Astronomy, local stargazers are planning a series of events tomorrow with the goal of getting more people to go outside and look up at the sky.
Newswise Science News - April 3, 2009Washington, DC — On April 1-2, the Hubble Space Telescope photographed the winning target in the Space Telescope Science Institute's "You Decide" competition in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).
This is Somerset - April 3, 2009Langford, UK — Youngsters are taking a closer look at the night sky thanks to a new telescope at Huish Episcopi School and Science College in Langport.
University of Colorado Boulder - April 3, 2009Boulder, COLORADO — Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory will celebrate National Astronomy Day on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus on Saturday, April 11, with an array of hands-on and family-oriented activities.
Pittsburgh Tribune - April 3, 2009Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — He filmed the world's most powerful telescopes on five continents. But what really moved Kris Koenig was looking through the primitive instrument that started it all.
The Space Elevator Blog - April 3, 2009USA — While this isn’t exactly a Space-Elevator related post, it ranks pretty high on my cool-o-meter and I thought I would pass it along to my readers…
KPIX TV - April 3, 2009Berkeley, CALIFORNIA — A 20-minute online tour of two of the University of California at Berkeley's space missions will be part of a live, 24-hour webcast marathon today.
Tuscaloosa News - April 3, 2009Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA — People have always stared into space and wondered if mankind is alone in the universe. When stargazers gather at the University of Alabama’s Gallalee Hall for an astronomy viewing tonight, they will have company.
2theadvocate.com - April 3, 2009Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA — Close your eyes for just a moment and picture the night sky. Then think about our early ancestors and the mysteries they must have pondered as they gazed upward at the stars.
Times of India - April 3, 2009Chennai, INDIA — Youngsters dominated the gathering but there were also some nine-year-olds and senior citizens at the 100 hours of astronomy' campaign at the Birla Planetarium.
The Huntsville Item - April 2, 2009Huntsville, TEXAS — The Huntsville Amateur Astronomy Society will host a sidewalk astronomy event in the Hastings parking lot tonight from 7-10 p.m.
Victoria News - April 2, 2009Victoria BC, CANADA — Julio Navarro and James Hesser may have grown up on different continents, but the beauty of the universe attracted them in a very similar way.
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