Galileo

Updated: 8/26/2019
Galileo
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By Oliver Smith

The scientific method has been used extensively since the 17th century as a process by which scientists "do science" in the real world. It has been used to discover many incredible things about the world around us. The scientific method is a constant process: one discovery can lead to many more questions which, when investigated, can lead to more answers. In addition to a summary of the key steps of the scientific method, there are suggested activities to get your students engaged in thinking about science in the real world.
Astronomy - Planetary System

Solar System Teacher Guide and Student Activities

Lesson Plans by Oliver Smith

The solar system is a grouping of eight planets and many other objects that are bound together by gravity. At the center of our solar system is a star, the Sun. Our solar system is one of billions in the universe, but is unique in the fact it is the only one we know of that contains life. Each planet has different characteristics that make it uninhabitable for humans, except, of course, Earth.


The Solar System

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The Story of Galileo & his discoveries and inventions. Comic about Galileo Galilei

Storyboard Text

  • From my observations, it appears that the Earth is at the center of the universe.
  • The Earth isn't at the center of the universe! I think the Sun is!
  • Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist who wrote about how he thought the universe was organized.
  • He placed the Earth at the center of the universe and thought that stars, planets, and moons orbit it. This is known as the geocentric model.
  • Nicolaus Copernicus hypothesized that the Sun was at the center of the universe.
  • Galileo was an early pioneer of the telescope that allowed us to see further into space and see things in more detail.
  • Galileo used this telescope to observe many things in the night sky, such as the Moon and Jupiter.
  • Galileo's discovery leads to a less-than-Godly design of the universe. His ideas are against the church and he must be arrested!
  • When Galileo looked at Jupiter, he saw three things that he thought were stars near Jupiter. We now know these weren't stars, they were moons.
  • When he looked again, he noticed that the moons were not in the same place. They appeared to be orbiting Jupiter.
  • He concluded if the moons were orbiting Jupiter, then the geocentric model could not be correct.
  • The Catholic Church did not like what Galileo had discovered, as it disagreed with the belief that the Earth should be at the center of the universe.
  • Galileo was arrested for heresy. His discoveries didn't agree with what the powerful Catholic Church had established.
  • Galileo was arrested and put in jail. He was moved and put under house arrest and remained there until he died.
  • Galileo's observations ultimately changed the way we understand the universe. The heliocentric model is now the currently accepted model.