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The staff at Otter Creek-South Harrison Observatories conducts research in the field of the history of astronomy.  Published work includes:


*      Letter to the Editor of Sky and Telescope Concerning Galileo's Observations of Mizar, Sky & Telescope (May 2006, July 2007) – click here

*      On the Accuracy of Galileo’s Observations, Baltic Astronomy Volume 16, Number 3, 2007 – click here

*      But Still, It Moves: Tides, Stellar Parallax, and Galileo’s Commitment to the Copernican Theory, Physics in Perspective Volume 10, Number 3 / September, 2008 – click here

*      Visible Stars as Apparent Observational Evidence in Favor of the Copernican Principle in the Early 17th Century, Baltic Astronomy Volume 17, Number 3, 2008 – click here

*      Objects In Telescope Are Farther Than They Appear: How diffraction tricked Galileo into mismeasuring the distances to the stars, The Physics Teacher Volume 47 (September 2009) – click here

*      Regarding the Potential Impact of Double Star Observations on Conceptions of the Universe of Stars in the Early 17th Century, Baltic Astronomy Volume 18, Number 1, 2009 – click here

*      The Universe of Stars as Revealed to Galileo by Sensory Experience with the Telescope
(presented July 11, 2009 at ND IX, Ninth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, Notre Dame, Indiana)

*      Lunar Eavesdropping in Louisville, Kentucky – click here.

*      Seeds of a Tychonic Revolution:  Telescopic Observations of the Stars by Galileo Galilei and Simon Marius, Physics in Perspective Volume 12, Number 1 / March 2010 – click here.


*      17th Century Photometric Data in the Form of Johannes Hevelius's Telescopic Measurements of the Apparent Diameters of Stars, Baltic Astronomy Volume 18, Number 3, 2009 – click here.


*      Eavesdropping on Apollo 11, ARRL News & Features, July 16, 2010 – click here.


*      Is Magnification Consistent? Why people from amateur astronomers to science's worst enemy have some basic physics wrong, The Physics Teacher Volume 48 (October 2010) – click here.


*      The Making of the Fathers of Astronomy Exhibit, CAP Journal (October 2010) – click here.


*      The Telescope Against Copernicus:  Star observations by Riccioli supporting a geocentric universe, Journal for the History of Astronomy Volume 41, Number 4, 2010 – click here.

*      Changes in the Cloud Belts of Jupiter, 1630-1664, as Reported in the 1665 Astronomia Reformata of Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Baltic Astronomy Volume 19, Number 4, 2010 – click here.

*      Giovanni Battista Riccioli’s Review of the Case for and Against the Copernican Hypothesis
(presented July 9, 2011 at ND X, Tenth Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop, Notre Dame, Indiana)

*      A True Demonstration: Bellarmine and the stars as evidence against Earth’s motion in the early 17th century, Logos Volume 14, Number 3, 2011 – click here

*      On the Telescopic Disks of Stars: A Review and Analysis of Stellar Observations from the Early Seventeenth through the Middle Nineteenth Centuries, Annals of Science Volume 68, Issue 3, 2011 – click here

*      Teaching Galileo? Get to know Riccioli! -- What a forgotten Italian astronomer can teach students about how science works, The Physics Teacher Volume 50, Issue 1 (January 2012) – click here

*      Science rather than God:  Giovanni Battista Riccioli’s review of the case for and against the Copernican Hypothesis, Journal for the History of Astronomy Volume 43, Number 2 (May 2012) – click here

*      The Work of the Best and Greatest Artist: A Forgotten Story of Religion, Science, and Stars in the Copernican Revolution, Logos Volume 15, Number 4, 2012 – click here

*      Life as We Know It, Notre Dame Magazine (Autumn 2012) – click here

*      Stars as the Armies of God: Lansbergen's Incorporation of Tycho Brahe's Star-Size Argument into the Copernican Theory, Journal for the History of Astronomy Volume 44, Number 2 (May 2013) – click here

*      The Case Against Copernicus, Scientific American (January 2014) – click here

*      Setting Aside All Authority: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the Science against Copernicus in the Age of Galileo, University of Notre Dame Press (April 2015) – click here

*      The Telescope Speaks for Tycho: Simon Marius, Giovanni Battista Riccioli, and the problem of telescopic observations of stars in the early 17th century, in Astronomie in Franken: Von den Anfängen bis zur modernen Astrophysik: 125 Jahre Dr. Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg (1889), Gudrun Wolfschmidt, editor (2015) – click here

*      War Marius als Astronom zu gut? Simon Marius, das Teleskop und das Problem der Sterngrößen während der copernicanischen Revolution, Acta Historica Astronomiae Volume 57 (2016) – click here

*      Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious, Aeon (September 2016) – click here

*      Mathematical Disquisitions: The Booklet of Theses Immortalized by Galileo, University of Notre Dame Press (October 2017) – click here



Last updated April 12, 2018