Clark 107 Astronomical Images and Captions

(Paper versions of this document should be available at the back of Clark 107, or click here to download a PDF version)
The images in Clark 107 were installed in 2009 to commemorate, as part of the International Year of Astronomy, the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope to study the heavens. His observations, along with his interpretation of them, were published in Siderius Nuncius in 1610, and they had a profound impact on our conception of the world, the Universe, and our place in it. These brief narratives develop this important theme, using each image as a springboard into the fascinating story of how, over the centuries, our understanding of the Universe has matured. As you will find, the story is still unfolding, but we've come a long way since those early days of Galileo peering into his tiny telescope, stunned by what he saw, and what it meant.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to view a larger version of the image and its caption.

Funding for this exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific through a Simple Effective Education and Dissemination (SEED) grant to Prof. John Hawley. SEED was made possible by a generous gift to the ASP and by funds from the U.S. Planck team.

Image selection and poster fabrication by Prof. Ed Murphy; image captions by Prof. Mark Whittle.