Galileo and Astronomy

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 11066

Say "Galileo Galilei" three times fast! Who was Galileo? Why is he the Father of Modern Science? When you finish this interesting lesson, you'll know enough to make a Galileo scrapbook and slideshow!


Space Science and Astronomy, World

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This man discovered that the solar system revolves around the sun, discovered other planets have moons, and invented a telescope that could see far-off planets. Who was he?

The man pictured above is Galileo Galilei.

Galileo Galilei was an astronomer, physicist, philosopher, and mathematician during the 1500s and 1600s. Galileo is often called the Father of Modern Science because he has been credited with many important inventions and discoveries.

His ideas helped Francis Bacon create the scientific method, and he discovered that objects fall at the same speed, despite their varying weights.

Of all Galileo's discoveries, his accomplishments in the field of astronomy have proven to be some of the most important. Not only did Galileo invent a sophisticated telescope that allowed him to examine areas of the universe no one had ever seen, but he also developed many of our modern-day views about the solar system.

Watch NutshellEdu's Galileo Galilei- in a nutshell (below). Then read Ducksters' Biography: Galileo Galilei and Famous Scientist's Galileo Galilei. As you watch the video and read the articles, make a list of all the contributions Galileo made in the field of astronomy. Share your list with a teacher or parent.

Galileo Galilei- In a Nutshell:

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Look at the list of Galileo's astrological accomplishments.

  • Which of his accomplishments do you find most interesting? Why?

Discuss your opinions with a teacher or parent, then continue on to the Got It? section to see what you've learned!

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