January 7th 1610

January 7, 2010

Four hundred years ago today, Galileo turned his telescope to Jupiter and drew the following:

galileo_jupitersketch.jpg

And things would never be the same again. Nineteen days from now, my freshman honors seminar will be reading and discussing The Starry Messenger [pdf], the work published in 1610 which was Galileo’s first attempt to publicize his findings.

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