this series honors Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Jupiter's moon Callisto

The image is a digital rendering of the surface of Callisto, Jupiter's moon.

The quotation is the opening paragraph of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius (Astronomical Message), "Containing and Explaining Observations Recently Made, with the Benefit of a New Spyglass …."

"In this short treatise I propose great things for inspection and contemplation by every explorer of Nature. Great, I say, because of the excellence of the things themselves, because of their newness, unheard of through the ages, and also because of the instrument with the benefit of which they make themselves manifest to our sight."


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The music is a fugue scored for synthesized kalimbas, vibraphone, fretless bass, and percussion. Choose a format to play or download: MP3 | MIDI