Celebrate 400 years of Galileo!

As part of the International Year of Astronomy, people worldwide will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope to look at the night sky from 22-24 October. We have three great opportunities for you to join in too with Wellington City Libraries and Wellington Astronomical Society – there’s something for everyone: they’re all fun and free, no bookings required.

The Life and Science of Galileo – Thursday 22 October, 7-8pm, Central Library
Find out about Galileo’s contributions to modern science and how he used his ideas to discover the universe with a telescope in this free talk by Ross Powell from the Wellington Astronomical Society.

Best known as a genius of science for his use of the telescope, Galileo also made important discoveries about gravity and motion that laid the foundations for modern astronomy and science. Find out more about the man who was at times surrounded by controversy between science and religion, but did not let that stop his revolutionary ideas from progressing the exploration of our universe (suitable for adults).

Galileo for Kids – Saturday 24 October, 2-4pm, Central Library
Kids can join in the fun too :  find out how to make a simple telescope and try out other fun experiments exploring things such as gravity and pendulums, just like Galileo did. All young astronomers who come along will also get to make their own special Galileo badge to take home (suitable for 5-12 year olds).

Activities and experiments will be provided by the Wellington Astronomical Society and Wellington City Libraries.

Galileo’s Moons – Saturday 24 October, 7.30-11pm, Thomas King Observatory (near Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanical Gardens)
Come along to Thomas King Observatory to join in the celebrations and look through telescopes to see Jupiter and the Moon just like Galileo did 400 years ago* – it’s a fun and free night for all the family!
(*weather permitting – if cloudy or wet other activities will be held inside Thomas King Observatory)

Come along and join us as we continue to explore, wonder and discover in the International Year of Astronomy 2009!

2 thoughts on “Celebrate 400 years of Galileo!”

  1. Hi. Do we just turn up on the night of Saturday 24th or should we book?
    Sarah Lewis

    1. Hi Sarah

      Thanks for your query – no bookings are required for any of the Galileo events so just turn up on the night. Hopefully it will be a clear evening and we’ll be outside with telescopes as well as using the one inside Thomas King Observatory, but if it’s cloudy or wet there will still be activities inside.


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