This year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the first telescope. On this week’s show, we reflect on how telescopes have changed our perception of our place in the universe, how small we are in size, space and time. Our guests include Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Vatican Astronomer Father Chris Corbally, and astronaut Paul Richards.
We also discuss how they help astronomers discover new and interesting aspects of the universe, from Earth-like planets to supernova, from black holes to the Big Bang.
This individual classic episode is also available as part of the Season One Boxed Set of all 13 episodes at a special discount.
Dava Sobel: Author of Galileo’s Daughter, and, more recently, The Planets.
Father Chris Corbally: Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory.
Paul W. Richards: NASA Astronaut.
Episode: Season 1, Episode 1
Air date: 1 June 2009
Running Time: 55 minutes
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-61544-488-5