Thursday, April 30, 2009


In 1609, Galileo became first person to use a telescope to look at the heavens. He discovered sunspots, and craters and peaks in Earth's moon. (taken from this site)

As part of the International Year of Astronomy (2009 - the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope discoveries), you can buy a Galileoscope for just $15 plus shipping & handling.

To enable more people in more places to personally experience the wonders of the universe, we've developed a remarkably inexpensive, very-high-quality, easy-to-use refractor. With this new instrument, called the Galileoscope, children and adults can learn how telescopes work and repeat for themselves the spectacular observations made by Galileo beginning in 1609.

I love that this is actually a kit so we can learn more about the inner workings of a refractor telescope. And, you can donate a telescope (or telescopes), too. The kits are expected to arrive in mid-June and there are educational guides available. I can't wait to get ours!


Dana said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing! We went through Apologia's astronomy book a few years ago and I think we need a refresher - this would be a fun start.

I'm so glad you enjoyed visiting my blog today - thanks for all the encouraging comments! Hope your flooding has gone down.

Kris said...

Wow, what a neat kit! I will definitely check it out.

live4evermom said...

You will have more fun.

Melissa Telling said...

We also ordered one of these, but I had forgotten all about it. :-) My daughter is doing astronomy next year, so I thought it would be a fun addition. Can't wait for it to come. Thanks for the reminder.

Marjorie said...

Ooh! I had heard about these a few months ago and completely forgotten. Thank you so much for the post. I will have to order one for this summer :-)

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