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Happy Halloween from Galileo and Under the Night Sky

Happy Halloween In keeping with the macabre nature of the day, we present Galileo’s Index Finger.

Galileo's Index Finger Bones Galileo’s index finger bones. On display at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. Photo by Edward Dick, Jr.

Now residing in the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy this finger from Galileo’s right hand was removed by historian Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti during a ceremony on March 12, 1737. Galileo’s remains were unearthed and moved to a prominent tomb in the main body of the church of Santa Croce.   A middle finger, a thumb, a tooth and a vertebra were also removed.

This finger, along with the thumb and tooth, disappeared in 1905, only to be rediscovered in 2009.

Greetings from Under the Night Sky!

Greetings from Under the Night Sky “I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia” ― Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest

Nothing has fascinated humankind for as long as the night sky.  The heavens are filled with things of beauty and awe.  UnderTheNightSky.com will be your guide to enjoying and understanding them.  With a focus on what you can see with nothing more than your naked-eyes or a pair of binoculars, we will let you know what’s going on and where and when to find it.  We’ll also tell you the stories behind what you see, and show you how the sky works with easy-to-understand explanations.

So come along, stand in the presence of Zeus, and get your fill of ambrosia.

Greetings from Under the Night Sky!

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