Astronomy and Space Exploration

Exploring the Universe – Probing the Heavens with Galileo

The basics of astronomy – an overwhelming view of the universe.

In what way do planets differ from stars? Where can we find the familiar constellations? Galileo's ghost accompanies us on an excursion across the northern hemisphere of the sky and into the depths of space. His personal life story involved the painful realization that our home planet had lost its position as center of the universe. Galileo's observations initiated further research and computations, which finally led to the Copernican perspective on the universe, and to Kepler's laws. Galileo Galilei was found guilty of heresy.
The show looks back on historical discoveries and also imparts the present state of knowledge about the structure of the solar system and the universe. It is not by mere chance that the last successful space mission, which bore Galileo's name, plays a part in the show.


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Duration approx. 40 min
Target audience All age groups upwards of 6
Technology Fulldome show in combination with planetarium projector, consisting of 3D computer animated graphics, live filming and planetarium
Orientation Unidirectional; suitable for concentric seating
Production/year Jena Zeiss-Planetarium, 2006
Languages English, German, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, ask for other languages