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Special Events – Galileo's Skies

Jean and DavaAn evening with Dava Sobel

Friday, September 25

The planetarium was proud to host a special visitor on the night of September 25. Dava Sobel, author of several bestselling books and former New York Times science reporter, joined director Jean Creighton in a lively presentation of Galileo Galilei's world-changing discoveries.

Audience members viewed slides of some of Galileo's original drawings of the Moon and the Milky Way Galaxy as they learned about how these observations affected our understanding of our place in the universe. Also discussed were aspects of Dava's latest book, "Galileo's Daughters," a biography of the man's life and discoveries seen through his relationship with his daughter, Sister Maria Celeste.

For her research, Sobel made multiple trips to Italy, translating over 100 letters between Galileo and his daughter in addition to other original documents. She is also known for "Longitude," a bestseller about the controversy surrounding the creator of the chronometer, a device which allowed sailors to determine their location at sea.