World Is Celebrating 400th Anniversary Of Galileo’s Telescope Today

Posted on 25 August 2009

World is loudly observing this year’s double commemoration. First one is two hundred years since Charles Darwin’s birth and second 150 years since publishing of On the Origin of Species. And today one more scientific anniversary has come up silently. It marks a significant historical event which arguably altered human concepts and ideas and the way we see ourselves very irrevocably.


Right 400 hundred years back, on August 1609, the renowned Italian Galilie Galileo – legend in astronomy and philosophy – showed Venetian merchants his new invention – a telescope. He was not aware of that his invention will bring a whole of trouble for him besides giving him immortality in science history.



The moon didn’t have smooth surface, as it was believed before. Another planet, Jupiter, also had multiple moons. And also Venus had several moon-like phases. It falsified the concept that both it and the sun orbited the earth.


The later philosophy had already been given by Nicolaus Copernicus about one hundred years before. He gave an idea of a planetary system where the sun is at the centre and the earth revolving it which was totally contrary to the older notions.


Catholic Church didn’t welcome Galileo’s discoveries. Therefore, he passed about last 10 years of his life in prison.


It was obviously disturbing revelation for both orthodoxies and the churches; same what Darwin’s theories did and quite more.


Some of Galileo’s very early telescopes are kept at museums in Philadelphia and Stockholm. People visiting there see those old Galileo’s telescopes.


And in the end


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Google adapted it for day-long to alert many people; Thanks to Google.

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  1. Deepak Jain says:

    Google made the day special with its home page for Invention of telescope , read more


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