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Jupiter Rising

The Story of Galileo Galilei

It’s 17:00pm, Thursday the 7th of January, 1610. Galileo Galilei is in his garden in Padua, Northern Italy, where he is just about to make a revolutionary decision.

To point his newly constructed telescope for the first time in humanity’s history, towards Jupiter.

Little does he realise that this simple action will utterly change the world forever, with a simple turn and point, the final chapter in a long and bitter debate about our place in the universe will begin.

But how did Galileo get to this point, how did he get to this moment? Alone, under these darkened skies, diligent and determined. And what in fact motivates one to build a telescope in the first place, and simply point it to the sky?