Two Small Pieces of Glass



Ages: 8 - Adult


Description: Two small pieces of glass affixed in a tube: that's all it takes to make a telescope. When Galileo first turned his telescope skyward 400 years ago, it was the equivalent of a child's toy spyglass today. Nevertheless, this powerful new intstument enabled him to discover the rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter, phases of Venus and mountains on the Moon – forever changing our view of the heavens.

Learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Explore the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. See how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Fulldome imagery transports the audience back in time to the homes Galileo and Newton, and forward in time to the sites of future observatories with mirrors the size of football fields. The musical soundtrack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.


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