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What telescope did Galileo use?

What telescope did Galileo use?


By Ryan D. Tweney Four hundred years after its invention, the telescope has become an essential scientific instrument, an icon of science. Never more so than at the very beginning. News of Hans Lippershey’s 1608 patent reached Galileo Galilei the following year. Within one day, he had made his own telescope…
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Popular astronomers

Popular astronomers


It is so easy to join the Society for Popular Astronomy. It will help your interest in the stars, and you will be welcomed to a community of people who all share an interest in observing or learning about the universe. Don t just take our word for it. We ve got the support of top TV scientist Professor Brian Cox, presenter of the BBC s Stargazing Live. Watch the video, below…


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Famous stars in the Galaxy

Famous stars in the Galaxy


The Sombrero Galaxy The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily…


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Famous Italian astronomers

Famous Italian astronomers


Giovanni Cassini was a 17th century Italian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. This biography of Giovanni Cassini provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline. Quick Facts Famous as Astronomer and Mathematician Nationality religion Catholicism Born on Sun Sign Born in Perinaldo Died on mother Julia Crovesi Spouse/Partner:…


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Astronomers in History

Astronomers in History


What these sketches have in common is that each represents, intentionally or not, the very edge of the dark portion of the moon as being brighter than the center of that dark portion. I thought that in the case of the Erika Rix sketch the light edge might just be a left-over mark from an initial circle made for the moon drawing, and so I e-mailed her about this. While some…


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Background Astronomer

Background Astronomer


Aomawa Shields is a woman of “contradictions.” An astronomer and astrobiologist, she searches for exoplanets where life might exist by using computer models to calculate the kind of atmosphere they’d need to support it. And she’s also a classically trained actor, who — through her organization Rising Stargirls — teaches astronomy to middle school girls of color using theater…


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Famous Greek astronomers

Famous Greek astronomers


Are known worldwide, due to their contribution to Astronomy and mathematics. The Hellenistic period marked advances in astronomy, mathematics and medicine. Hellinistic refers to the Greeks and others who lived after Alexander the Great’s conquests, during which there existed a mixture of civilizations. The Greek astronomers were able to travel all over the known world and exchange…


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Modern astronomers names

Modern astronomers names


A) Copernicus (1473 – 1543) 1) Founder of modern astronomy 2) Clerical position (a) Deep abiding respect for Christianity 3) Investigations carried on alone (a) Observations completed with the naked eye 4) Published an unsigned pamphlet in 1507 (a) Helio-centric theory 5) De Revolutionibus (a) Completed in 1530 (b) Original manuscript lost for over 300 years (1) Found in Prague…


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Galileo contributions to Physics

Galileo contributions to Physics


Towards a new world Model From Galileo to Newton: Physics Emerges Newton s Many Accomplishments BACKGROUND & TIMES 1. By the time Isaac Newton entered college, the scientific revolution of the 17th century was well underway. 2. Men like Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Descartes had all helped develop a new view of nature. 3. When Newton went to Cambridge, everyone…


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Famous astronomers list

Famous astronomers list


Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history. His work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, has revolutionized the field, while his best-selling books have appealed to readers who may not have Hawking’s scientific background. In this brief biography, we look at Hawking’s education and career…


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Famous British astronomers

Famous British astronomers


Now, thanks to the BBC2 Stargazing Live show, Professor Cox has increased telescope sales by more than 500 per cent and is poised to take on Sir Patrick s mantle. These young ones come and they go, but he s a nice chap, you know,barks Sir Patrick in his fabulously posh voice. Came on my show once. Can t say I ve seen his, though. I ve been so busy I keep forgetting. Sheer…


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Astronomers Timeline

Astronomers Timeline


C250 BC Solar System Geometry Eratosthenes estimates the radius of the Earth The first steps were taken by Eratosthenes who combined reports of distances, in paces, from Aswan to Alexandria and then measured the difference in angle of the Sun above the horizon at noon (i.e. greatest angle) at the two places. Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission The circumference…


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