Anatomy of a Revolution: How Galileo Democratized the Sky
Executive Director, Astronomical Society of the PacificIn 2009, the world celebrates the 400th anniversary year of Galileo Galilei's first observations of the sky through a telescope--and the revolution it sparked in how we perceive the universe and our place within it. The presentation will consider how those famous first efforts "democratized" the sky, led to a scientific revolution that continues today, how the world astronomy community is planning to observe the year with a variety of signature events and activities, and how everyone can get involved in a universe that, thanks to Galileo and others, is "Yours to Discover."
Jim Manning is a fan of Galileo and appreciates fine astronomical instruments. He has spent more than 30 years in formal and informal astronomy education as a planetarium director, exhibit developer, university astronomy instructor, and administrator in a variety of settings in North Carolina, Illinois, and Montana. He was formerly Head of the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, which manages the science operations of a well-known descendant of Galileo's refractor, the Hubble Space Telescope. He is presently Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco, California, which is involved in a variety of initiatives to advance the International Year of Astronomy celebrating 400 years of scientific discovery since Galileo's first observations.