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The year that the Earth had two Moons

Abstract: On November the 30th of 1609, Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the Moon for the first time. Many people think that was the very first telescopical watch of the old satellite. But the same year, on July the 26th of 1609, the astronomer and mathematician Thomas Harriot, from England, had seen it four months before Galileo. Both observed the Moon with very similar primitive telescopes and expressed their visions through draws and comentaries. Nevertheless the moon that Harriot observed and the Moon that Galileo observed were not the same one, that is for sure. In 1609, the Earth had two Moons. No one after that ever saw Harriot’s moon again. It was a moon which accompanied the science all through 2000 years. But only Galileo’s moon survived, that one which all of us admire and that changed once and for all our way of undersanding the skies.

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Expanding the Space
Més enllà de l’Espai

Conference & Workshop on Space & Art
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Design: inklude

October 3-4-5-6, 2006
Universitat Internacional Menéndez Pelayo
Palau de Pineda (Sala 5)
Pl. del Carme, 4
46003 València
tel. +34 96 385 98 00

Night performances:
Jardí Botànic de València
C/ Quart, 80
46008-València

Organized by Octubre Centre de Cultura Contemporània in collaboration with Leonardo/Olats Co sponsor: International Academy of Astronautics