Tuesday, 27th January 2009
In Japan Entertainment News,
Museum commemorates Galileo with 3-D space experience
Visitors to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation are being invited to go on a unique, three-dimensional journey through space.
The Atmos 3-D system has been constructed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the pioneering Italian astronomer Gailelo Galilei's use of a telescope to look into space, reports the Japan Times.
Audience members are required to don special goggles, sit back and enjoy a 20-minute journey through the solar system and into the Milky Way galaxy.
Galileo's support for Copernicus' heliocentric theory that the earth rotates around the sun brought him into conflict with the Catholic church.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment for heresy but was permitted to serve his term under house arrest because of his old age.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use," he wisely commented.