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Questar 3.5 inch Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope

Starry Messenger

Galileo's telescopic discoveries inaugurated the era of telescopic astronomy. Today, both professional and amateur astronomers explore the universe every night. 

Galileo prepared exclusive, fine quality, hand-crafted telescopes for friends of the Medici, and worked throughout his life to improve the quality of lenses. Today, the Questar is a similarly fine-quality, exemplary hand-crafted telescope, known for the excellent quality of its lenses, yet it is available to anyone. 

What would Galileo think if he could join a public skywatch now and, alongside countless other participants, get a peek at the universe through a Questar!

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Galileo's World Exhibition Location

Source: History of Science Collections

Section: Galileo and the Telescope

Section Number: 1

Object Number: 8

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Art and Astronomy Walking Tour

Art and Astronomy Walking Tour

“What was it like when art and astronomy were intertwined?”

Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Lorenzo Sirigatti, Galileo... what joins them together?  Why is Galileo's Starry Messenger (1610) displayed alongside Giorgio Vasari's Lives of Eminent Painters and Sculptors

Galileo’s scientific discoveries occurred in the context of a specific artistic culture which possessed sophisticated mathematical techniques for drawing with linear perspective and handling light and shadow.

Do you know someone who received a telescope for Christmas? There's no better way to begin looking through a telescope than to ponder the way Galileo's professional training as an artist prepared him to make his astronomical discoveries.

In the Galileo’s World exhibition, four galleries took their point of departure from Galileo’s Starry Messenger (Sidereus nuncius, 1610):  
• Galileo and Perspective Drawing  
• Galileo and the Telescope   
• The Moon and the Telescope   
• The Sky at Night

These distinct but overlapping galleries were on physical display in different places and combinations during the course of the Galileo’s World exhibition, most notably at the National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.  Various books from these galleries are part of the current Rotating Display and the "The Sky Tonight reprise" gallery, including Galileo’s Starry Messenger itself.

Use this handout to aid you in you as you walk through the 2017 Rotating Display and The Sky at Night reprise gallery.