Galileo: Revealing the Universe

To gain an understanding of the significance of Galileo Galilei's revolutionary ideas, class members watch the short video "Stargazing Before Galileo," and conduct a close reading of Galileo's Sidereal Messsenger. They then compare Galileo's observations of the Pleiades Group and conclusions with those images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the observations made about them in the NASA news story.

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  • The activities focus on Galileo's telescopic observations; however, no mention is made of the controversy over heliocentrism and his conflict with the Catholic church

  • All referenced videos, images, worksheets, and articles are attached to the resource
  • The carefully crafted activities include a homework assignment to observe the night sky

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