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Galileo's Planet


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Introduction. The planetary observers. Instruments and observatories. Observing Jupiter before the telescope. The Seventeenth Century. The Eighteenth Century. The Nineteenth Century: prior to 1850. 1850 - 1878. The discovery of the Great Red Spot. 1882-1900. Theories of Jupiter. The satellites of Jupiter. Conclusion. Glossary. Conclusion.

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Thomas A Hockey


"Hockey, an astronomer with well-developed historical sensitivities, surveys in this volume observational investigations of Jupiter from antiquity until the time, around 1880, when photography fundamentally altered how astronomers viewed the planets. He has a story very worth telling. His account should simultaneously satisfy astronomers seeking information on telescopic reports of changes on Jupiter and also historians of science searching for an accessible narration that does justice to the broad context of such observations."
-Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 31 (2000)

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