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Galileo’s telescope makes its exclusive U.S. appearance

Galileo’s hand-made telescope is visiting Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute as part of the “Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy” exhibit running from April 4 the September 7, 2009.

The Franklin is going to host many rare artifacts on loan from Florence’s Museo della Storia dei Scienza. Artifacts such as Michelangelo’s drawing compass and a ninth-century astronomical calculator tell the story of how the powerful Medici family’s patronage and advocacy prompted artistic and scientific leaps. The interactive part of the exhibit lets visitors see with their own eyes what it was like to make discoveries in 1609, as Galileo did.

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