Galileo's Legacy: Small Telescopes and Astronomical Research

Genet, Russell M. and Johnson, Jolyon M. and Wallen, Vera (2010) Galileo's Legacy: Small Telescopes and Astronomical Research. In: Small Telescopes & Astronomical Research. Collins Foundation Press, pp. 19-23.


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In 1609, Galileo turned his newly made telescope toward the heavens and, in rapid succession, discovered mountains on the Moon, a multitude of previously invisible stars, and four moons orbiting Jupiter. Many of Galileo's observations were made from his backyard. Four centuries after Galileo's 1609 observations-thanks to the revolutionary trio of compact Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, personal computers, ind affordable CCD cameras-thousands of backyard "Galileos" around the planet are now probing cosmic mysteries every clear night. This book celebrates Galileo's achievements by examining his legacy: the remarkable resurgence of small telescope astronomical research by professionals, amateurs, and, especially, undergraduate and high school students.

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Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
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Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 10:18
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 00:56

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