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Astronomers are celebrating 400 years since Galileo made his famous observations, which were fundamental in proving the heliocentric hypothesis, by pointing a replica of one of his original telescopes at the heavens to recreate his original stargaze. In 1609, Galileo critically discovered four satellites orbiting Jupiter, …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Anyone interseted in the impact of Gallileo on science (or on the foundations of the scientific method) should read "Against Method" by Feyerabend.

  2. Sam


    They don't need to open his tomb, Galileo's finger is on display at the Museo di Storia del Scienza in Italy.

    Presumably they could harvest DNA from that? Any forensic boffins out there?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    they need access to his body

    Interesting little project, until you get to the distasteful shit about wanting to disinterr his body.

    What next dig someone up just so you can find his shoe size?

    These assholes need to find a bit of respect for one of the giants of our species.

  4. David Harper

    Thomas Harriot was the real pioneer of telescopic astronomy

    Galileo was *not* the first person to point a telescope at the heavens. That honour goes to an Englishman, Thomas Harriot, who made drawings of his telescopic observations of the Moon in July 1609, several months *before* Galileo.

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    RE: ‘Astronomers view heavens through Galileo's eyes’

    So "Galileo's contribution to science was made possible by the invention of the telescope in the Netherlands in 1608.", interesting. Certain about that are they?

    Roger Bacon (13c) described such a device, not to mention various Arab/Muslim Scientists who also described and built such instruments.

  6. Hollerith

    You can go too far...

    There's a reasonable level of historical recreation, and then there's digging up dead guys. Why not just have a man with failing sight the same age as Galileo have a squint through the telescope? What will that prove except that perhaps he would have seen a little bit more, or more clearly, but the great discovery wasn't what he saw, but what he understood.

  7. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: You can go too far...

    I dunno, I think he'd want us to know everything, as an enquiring mind himself. Dig the fucker up and gouge out his eye-dust, I say. It's what he would have wanted.

  8. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: You can go too far...

    Seriously, though, I think he'd be aghast we didn't find out as much as we could out of 'respect' for some dead bits - that doesn't respect the person he was.

  9. Mark


    Because the old man may have cateracts when Gallileo had astigmatism. The result isn't the same as intended.

    The *right* question to ask is: is the possible outcome of the investigation worth raising the moral question about disinterring Gallileo's body.

    Which requires knowing what his body's DNA could tell us about his genetic makeup as it affects eyesight and whether these defects would change the view significantly over the "standard" eyeball.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    I can't believe...

    that in this day of enlightened understanding of the Good Word Of GOD, and the widespread recognition of the the truth that is intelligent design, that anyone still believes the rubbish that Gallileo came up with.

    It's quite clear that the birth place of sweet baby JESUS must be the centre of CREATION. If you don't believe this then you will be tortured to death slowly in HELL over an infinity of time, suffering more than all suffering put together, cursed with all the plagues and sores of creation, eyes torn out by rabid dogs, spear eternally by SATANS minions. Because GOD is so just, wise and kind.

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