Galileo: The Power of the Telescope
Casper Planetarium - Planetarium
904 N Poplar Street
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: (307) 577-0310
Fax: (307) 577-6750
May 19th, 2012
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Contact: Michele Wistisen
Two eyes and two pieces of glass revolutionized human understanding 400 years ago. The eyes belonged to Galileo Galilei, and the curved pieces of glass were the lenses of his telescope. In Galileo: The Power of the Telescope – a Daniel M. Soref Planetarium original production – you’ll learn Galileo’s personal and powerful story, and explore how his discoveries displaced long-held views about the universe.
Travel back in time to Pisa, Italy, to experience Galileo’s early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion, his advocacy of the idea that the Earth revolves around the sun (still an absurd notion to many in the 1600’s), and his work with early telescopes. Learn how his keen observations culminated in The Starry Messenger, an early masterpiece in which Galileo described all his dazzling discoveries in a straightforward, easy to understand way. Narrated by Dava Sobel, author of the award-winning biography Galileo’s Daughter.
Admission: $2.50 per person per program
Run time is approximately 30 minutes.
Recommended for audiences ages 9+.