Morning Star Galileo presaged modern astronomy

 

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Galileo 1564-1642

Justus Sustermans - Portrait of Galileo Galilei, 1636.jpg

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo

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Galileo 1564-1642 has been called the “father of modern observational astronomy,”  the “father of modern physics,”  the “father of science,” and “the Father of Modern Science.”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Star#Astronomy

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Morning star is the name given to the planet Venus when it appears in the east before sunrise (as though heralding the coming of the morning). “Phosphorus” or “Light-Bringer” (Greek Φωσφόρος Phōsphoros) is the ancient Greek mythological name for the planet. It is also named Ἑωσφόρος, Heosphoros, “Dawn-bringer.”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Star#Mythology

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In mythology:   Within Christian mythology the name of Lucifer is a reference to the Morning Star.

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In no way is a secular antecedent such as Galileo intended to be portrayed as a lucifer.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo#Church_reassessments_of_Galileo_in_later_centuries

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Galileo was excommunicated by the Inquisition for heliocentrism (planets revolve around the sun, not earth at the center of the universe).   Galileo was restored to honor by the Vatican 400 yrs. later, in our modern era.

 

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