Galileo's gaze: The secrets of cosmic discovery

David Jamieson delves into the revolutionary discoveries made by Galileo in the early 17th century. Galileo unearthed Jupiter's moons, Venus's phases, and lunar landscapes using his groundbreaking telescope. However, hidden within his logbooks lie tantalising clues: the sighting of a mysteries "fixed star", now recognised as the planet Neptune, observed long before its official discovery. Join us as we unravel the enigma of Galileo's observations and their profound implications.

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David Jamieson is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in physics at the University of Melbourne in 1985 before spending 4 years at Caltech and the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research fellow. He served as President of the Australian Institute of Physics from 2005 to 2006 and as the convener of the national working group for the Decadal Plan for Physics in Australia. David is also heavily involved in physics outreach activities.


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