March 25 – April 2, 2009

Galileo's Tuscan Sky

400th Anniversary of the Galileo Telescope

Join our springtime exploration of Renaissance Italy and its unrivaled legacies of art, architecture, philosophy, and science, as we combine four centuries of work with the telescope.
A globular cluster is a tightly grouped swarm of stars held together by gravity. This globular cluster is one of the densest of the 147 known clusters in the Milky Way galaxy.

A globular cluster is a tightly grouped swarm of stars held together by gravity. This globular cluster is one of the densest of the 147 known clusters in the Milky Way galaxy.

During the event-filled days in Rome and Florence we cross paths with the work of artists like Brunelleschi, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Bruno, the masters who set the stage for the life and work of Galileo Galilei. In observing the four hundredth anniversary of the invention of the telescope, we visit many of the places associated with the Tuscan artist who revealed mountains in the Moon, the satellites around Jupiter, and the multitudinous stars of the Milky Way, so changing our way of regarding the universe forever. Dennis Mammana, photographer extraordinaire, and astronomical historian, William Sheehan will lead this tour focused on the life and times of Galileo.

Tour includes:

* First Class accommodations
* Astronomical lectures
* Sightseeing tours in Rome & Florence
* Special Visits in Rome:
o Vatican Museum
o Sistine Chapel
o Colosseum
o St. Peter's Basilica
* Special Visits in Florence
o History of Science Museum
o Palazzos Pitti and Medici
o Santa Croce Church
o Duomo and Baptistery
o Arcetri Observatory
* Breakfasts daily, one lunch and three dinners, beverages included
* All hotel service charges and taxes

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http://www.astrosociety.org/events/galileo.html
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