Galileo

Galileo

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Galileo Galilei. Historical portrait of the Italian astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). In 1610, Galileo was the first person to use a telescope for astronomical studies. He discovered mountains on the Moon and the four largest moons of Jupiter. In physics, he found that all pendulums swing with the same time period and that heavy and light objects fall at the same rate. He supported the Copernican theory that the Sun, rather than the Earth, was at the centre of the solar system. This belief was judged heretical by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church in 1633, and he was held under house arrest for the rest of his life.

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