|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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Recorder Online - September 27, 2009Visalia, CALIFORNIA — Unbeknownst to drivers of the cars racing by on Highway 65 Friday night, shadowy figures huddle around expensive scientific equipment in a nearby field, conducting an activity that traces back to a man born over 400 years ago.
BBC News - September 26, 2009Tucson, ARIZONA — It’s four hundred years since Galileo demonstrated the first telescope and changed the way we view the stars. 2009 has been designated the International Year of Astronomy in tribute to his achievement.
Victoria Advocate - September 26, 2009Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA — The moon hides behind the clouds on this sunny morning, so artist Sallie Wolf puts her compass on a railing outside the Louisiana Art&Science Museum and faces opposite the needle's northward direction.
The Gainesville Sun - September 26, 2009Gainesville, FLORIDA — The opportunities to meet an astronaut, to view celestial bodies, make a telescope and much more attracted more than 1,000 people to the Florida Museum of Natural History Friday night.
The Globe and Mail - September 26, 2009Stockholm, SWEDEN — Next month may see a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system. Canadians won that race, but may have hesitated too long to share in the credit.
The Gainesville Sun - September 25, 2009Gainesville, FLORIDA — Tonight, Gainesville gets a free view of the terminator.
The Ridgefield Press - September 25, 2009Ridgefield, CONNECTICUT — As part of Ridgefield’s celebration of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009), the Discovery Center and the Ridgefield Parks & Recreation Department are hosting a workshop Saturday for kids and their families to build their own official Galileoscope.
Hawaii247.org - September 25, 2009Mauna Kea, HAWAII — Looking for a stellar deal on activities? Bring a copy of Smithsonian magazine to Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii on Saturday, Sept. 26 for free general admission for two people, in coordination with Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day.
Radio Bulgaria - September 25, 2009Sofia, BULGARIA — The European “Night of the scientists” is organized for the fifth consecutive year throughout Europe.
Journal Sentinel - September 24, 2009Milwaukee, WISCONSIN — One of the biggest celebrations locally marking the International Year of Astronomy is "100 Telescopes in the Park," an event that brings together several local astronomy groups to encourage a new generation of amateur sky-gazers.
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