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Galileo’s Telescopes and Observations

March 21, 2017
7:30 pm
Presidio Officers' Club

In 1609 Galileo Galilei significantly improved the optical performance of the telescope and began a series of celestial observations that dramatically changed our understanding of the universe and our place in it. He developed a new method for reliably comprehending phenomena in the world around us, and so correctly has been called the father of modern science. This talk will lay out the key developments in the history of science related to astronomy preceding Galileo, describing in detail what is known about the optics and construction of his telescopes. He will then discuss his observations and how they radically changed the science of astronomy. Alan Agrawal is a physician who specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases in the field of rheumatology. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and independent historian on the development of the telescope. He designs and builds telescopes and eyepieces, enjoys deep sky observing with his 0.6 meter telescope, is interested in the testing of optics, and currently is in the process of building an interferometer. He is an active member of the Antique Telescope Society and the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society. He has given previous talks on Galileo’s telescopes, the history of star charts, and the life and work of Joseph von Fraunhofer

Presidio Officers' Club

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