TITLE

HOW GALILEO CONSTRUCTED THE MOONS OF JUPITER

AUTHOR(S)
GINGERICH, OWEN; VAN HELDEN, LBERT
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Journal for the History of Astronomy;May2011, Vol. 42 Issue 2, p259
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei's observations of the satellites of Jupiter and their orbits. The authors begin by describing Galileo's lunar observations, during which Jupiter was within his telescopic field. They explain their use of Galileo's observation log and notes written by the astronomer on a scrap sheet of paper in order to investigate his Jovian satellite research. Galileo's process in creating astronomical drawings depicting Jupiter and its moons is described as well. The importance of Jupiter's latitude to the discovery of the moons is explained.
ACCESSION #
63988415

 

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