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Now Showing: Galileo, the Medici and The Age of Astronomy

The Franklin in Philadelphia will become host of the world exclusive exhibition “ Galileo, the Medici and The Age of Astronomy ,” on April 4 thru September 7, 2009. The one-time only special exhibition features one of only two existing, original Galileo telescopes that will leave Italy for the first and only time. The exhibit coincides the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s astronomical discoveries and the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009).

On April 2, a sneak preview of the exhibit will be Webcast live around the world as the kick off for the global “100 Hours of Astronomy” event being organized for IYA2009. Watch www.astronomy2009.org and www.100hoursofastronomy.org for more details.

The exhibit will chronicle Galileo’s work during the the age of the Medicis, his impact on science, art and politics and show how he changed the world, forever – one discovery at a time. This exhibit was created in partnership with the Istituto e Museo della Storia di Scienza of Florence, Philadelphia’s Sister City, and the Medici Archive Project.[image credit: The Franklin]