Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer

Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer

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Caption: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian astronomer and scientist, holding a telescope. Galileo made pioneering telescope observations of the night sky, including the four largest moons of Jupiter, mountains on the Moon, and the full set of phases of Venus. His observations supported the Copernican heliocentric theory, bringing him into conflict with the Roman Catholic Church. In 1632 he was found guilty of heresy and was held under house arrest for the rest of his life. Artwork from 'Chaudieres et Machines a Vapeur' (1911) by French civil engineer Max de Nansouty (1854-1913), part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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