Old Time Astronomy

Galileo Galilei

Hello! My name is Galileo Galilei (gal-uh-LAY-oh gal-uh-LAY-ee). I was born in 1564 in Pisa, Italy. I was one of the first astronomers, people who study the night sky. I built my own telescopes. When I looked at Jupiter through one of my telescopes, I saw four small moons going around the giant planet. So I was the first person ever to see moons around a planet other than Earth! Can you imagine what I saw?

Let me show you what astronomy was like in my life. Click Next to be transported back in time, to the days of “Old Time Astronomy.”

All Galileo pictures courtesy of The Galileo Project at Rice University