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Galileo Earth

Galileo Earth


Listen to an audio version of this page. Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element, please consider updating. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy in 1564. His father wanted him to be a doctor. Galileo wanted to work with mathematics. He took a job teaching math to university students. Galileo was also interested in astronomy. He built a telescope to help him…


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Latest Discovery in Space

Latest Discovery in Space


Albert Einstein: still correct a century later. Photograph: Arthur Sasse/Bettmann/CORBIS Today is not the end of a search, but a beginning. It is the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy, prepare for the wonders to come. Gravitational waves are now known to exist. Photograph: Julian Stratenschulte/EPA Arvanitaki also says that today’s detection shows that there could be…


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Astronomy events

Astronomy events


The SIU Physics Department hosts several free public observations a year on our observation deck on top of the Neckers building. Most observations are on evenings when light pollution on campus is at a minimum. We typically observe bright sky objects such as the Moon, major planets, star clusters, nebula and some deep sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy. All observations…


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Space current events articles

Space current events articles


Touchdown! Rosetta’s Philae probe lands on comet ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03…


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New things in Space

New things in Space


While you’re reading this (and learning about this new study), your brain is actively trying to forget something. We apologize, but that’s what scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University Pablo Olavide in Sevilla, Spain, found in a new study published Friday (March 18) in an open-access paper in Nature Communications. Working with mice…


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