TISOH Pt 3

So, first day in glorious Florence and I stumbled on an exhibition devoted to the 400th anniversary of Galileo first pointing a telescope at the sky.

TOTAL heaven for an astronomy nut such as myself.

First off? Can you guess what this is? In the glass jar?

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That’s right, it’s Galileo’s finger.

Seriously.

This is much less weird. The lens from one of the first two telescopes he used, given to the Medici and dropped by someone in the 17th century…

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And these are his hand drawn first observations of the surface of the moon…

Mega.

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There’s a virtual tour here:

http://www.galileofirenze.it/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=55

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