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March- Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)


Galileo was an astronomer, physicist, mathematician and inventor. He built his own telescope which allowed him to discover features on the surface of our moon and the moons of Jupiter!!


When Galileo was alive many people thought that the Earth was at the centre of the Universe, Galileo explained that the Earth orbits the sun, a theory that got him into lots of trouble with the church.


One of Galileo’s most famous findings was that two same size objects of different weights hit the ground at the same time when dropped from the same height.



You can test this by dropping two identical water bottles from the same height. Empty one bottle and leave the other half full. You should find that if you drop them from the same height they hit the ground at the same time.