Wednesday - we discover a new perspective of our world from a circling wanderer and an ancient story.
Today we’re transported back in time to enjoy the epic story of the Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
Artwork by JEAN-LEON HUENS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHI
Hailing from the Italian village of Padua, Galileo was committed to nightly routines of combing the skies with a groundbreaking telescope in hand. Galileo was restless in spirit, and hoped that probing the night skies with his new and improved refracting telescope would avail his quest for answers.
Unlike the navy officers of the day, who saw the spyglass's potential for military gain to bring down intruding ships, Galilei tilted his peacefully towards heavenly horizons and scoured the stars and moon for intellectual gain.
LIBRETTO Excerpt -
𝑭𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑬𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒑 𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉 𝑮𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒍𝒆𝒐
𝑻𝒖𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒔
𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕
𝑵𝒆𝒘 𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒆𝒔
Galileo was on a mission for truths. His heliocentric hunch supporting the Copernicus theory that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way round was heightened now with this instrument in tow teeming with possibilities.
The heliocentric theories were refuted at the time, not just due to lack of evidence. Still, the religious order of the day had assigned truths to a geocentric universe, claiming this model as gospel, hard wiring this notion into the minds of its congregation.
To go against the word of god was heretical and religious leaders would denounce such sentiments. But what if a galant man came along and was to confirm this centuries-old debate? With evidence to scientifically prove that it is not a geocentric universe after all, and could finally confirm the ancient theory of Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos when he first presented the heliocentric model but was silenced by fear?
On January 7th 1610, Galileo Galilei's persistence finally led him to all the evidence he required to confirm that we live in a heliocentric universe after discovering four celestial spheres circling the planet Jupiter.
𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒔
𝑨 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒎𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆
𝑫𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑱𝒖𝒑𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒓
On January 15th, he confirms the Medicean moons, now known as the Galilean moons. His revolutionary findings gave irrefutable truth to the heliocentric model.
They instantly ushered the new dawn of thinking about our place in the cosmos while simultaneously shaking religious beliefs to the core and turning their ancient teachings upside down.
GANYMEDE Music Excerpt "Galileo Galilei"