Galileo: Galileo's Heliocentric Model
00:02:47 - 00:07:47
  • Astronomy → Astronomical Models → Heliocentrism
  • History → Renaissance → Scientific Revolution
Galileo explains his ideas on astronomy and observation to a young boy. He demonstrates his understanding of the heliocentric theory by moving the boy around a washbowl to show that he may observe the washbowl in a new place when he in fact is the one moving.

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  1. What is modeled by the device?
  2. What moment does Galileo pinpoint as a change in thinking?
  3. How does Galileo demonstrate his idea of a sun-centered system?
  4. Why is Galileo fearful of spreading his idea?

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