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Jupiter Rising, January 7, 1610, Padua, Italy
2008, hand-stitched, hand-dyed cotton, 54" x 100"

Galileo's journal reads: "On the seventh day of January in this present year 1610, at the first hour of night, when I was viewing the heavenly bodies with a telescope, Jupiter presented itself to me..." Aiming his telescope at the planet, he discovered three pinpoints of light. Tracking them on subsequent evenings as they followed Jupiter and not the trajectory of other stars, Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's moons helped confirm Copernicus's theory of heliocentrism, proving not all objects revolve around the earth. Considered the father of modern science, Galileo was condemned by the Catholic Church as a heretic for his findings and spent the final years of his life in confinement.

 

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