Galileo with two Cardinals

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At the time Galileo was thinking about the heavens, and observing celestial bodies with his telescope, science (and scientific theory) was essentially regulated by the Catholic Church.  That is why whatever Galileo discovered, he had to submit to the Church for “approval.”

Sometimes church authorities agreed with Galileo.  More often, they did not.

In this image, we see Galileo explaining his lunar observations to Cardinals of the Catholic Church.  Jean Leon Huens, the artist, imagined what that scene must have been like when he created this painting in 1857.  The work is entitled:

Galileo explaining lunar topography to two cardinals.

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Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Phys.org.



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