Galileo Galilei – The Starry Messenger

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

To many, the Universe is a closed book of secrets never to be read. Almost four hundred years ago, an unknown court mathematician in Italy opened that book and laid the foundation for modern science. Galileo Galilei turned his telescope to the heavens to discover mountains and craters on the moon, four moons of Jupiter, and countless stars never before seen. Even more significant was his method of observation and mathematical analysis. He taught future scientists the way to discover the laws of nature.

Actor Mike Francis brings astronomy to life as he portrays Galileo in The Starry Messenger.  This dramatic, fun-filled adaptation of Galileo's short treatise "Siderius Nuncius" has Galileo arriving to present a public lecture on his most recent discoveries made using his newly devised spyglass. As he describes those discoveries, Galileo's new method of observation and measurement of nature become apparent. Throughout the presentation audience members are actively involved in experiments and demonstrations. After the lecture, Galileo answers questions about his experiments, his life and his times.