Galileo Galilei

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  • Feb 18, 1564


    birth of Galileo Galilei in the Tuscan city of Pisa.
  • 1581


    Galileo enrolls in the University of Pisa to pursue a degree in medicine.
  • New Creation

    He publishes an essay on the hydro-static balance, a device to measure the mass of objects.
  • Higher School

    Galileo applies and is awarded the chair of mathematics at the University of Padua, where he remained until 1610. Padua is where Galileo did the majority of his work.
  • Invention

    Galileo learns of the recent invention, the telescope. He returned to Padua and is able to improve the magnification of the telescope he bought to 32 powers.
  • Observations

    Galileo makes many different observations about the solar system, using his new telescope.The moon is an irregular, rough body, not smooth as scientists thought.The Milky Way is composed of many stars.Jupiter has many small satellites that he named, "Sidera Medicea," after his favorite pupil.He made observations about Saturn, sunspots, and the phases of Venus.
    He publishes the results in the 1610 book, "Sidereus Nuncius."
  • Team Work

    Team Work
    After being so warmly accepted at Rome, Galileo writes three letters to formally take his position on the heliocentric theory of the universe. His main reason for believing Kepler and Copernicus were his observations of sunspots moving around the sun.