Observational astronomy

1610 Observational astronomy

The book of science

Tom Sharp

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Observational astronomy


What one cannot see

Galileo Galilei rushed a full description of his findings into print, publishing Sidereus Nuncius (“Starry Message”) in March 1610. Other astronomers were not far behind him, confirming his observations. The Catholic Church was upset with Galileo’s confirmation of Copernican heliocentrism, banning his books for over two hundred years.

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