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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last updated December 20, 2013