The History of Telescopes on display in Turin

This year is the fourth centenary since the first use of a telescope by Galileo Galilei and as many of you maybe already know, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

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One of the most active Italian cities which celebrate and commemorate this extraordinary step of mankind toward the sky, is the city of Turin.

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On 21st March in fact, at the University department located in Via Verdi, a very very special exhibition will be set up: “La Storia dei Telescopi” (“The History of Telescopes”). This exhibition will show you in a very peculiar way the history of this invention, from the intuitions and discoveries which allowed to a great mind like Galileo Galilei, until the extraordinary telescopes of NASA which ignored very little of the known universe.

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At the exhibition, illustrative panels will tell you the history and the use of the first telescopes, from the Galileo‘s ones, and step by step the several evolutionary stages of this scientific research instrument, and then you will have the chance to marvel at the spectacular Space Telescope with on loan material from the Hubble Space Telescope of NASA.

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But the exhibition’s feather in the cap will be the interactive island where you will dive into a virtual world in which you will watch screenings about the theme of the exhibition.

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The “History of Telescopes” awaits you on Saturday 21st March at University of Turin in Via Verdi. For more information about events and everything about the city of Turin, click on www.aboutturin.com

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