the Galileo galilei astronomy club
All of human knowledge about creation and man's relationship with his Creator began with man's wonder and awe about the beauty of the world around him. Among mankind's earliest sights was the night sky, filled with millions of stars, moveable stars or planets, meteor showers, eclipses, and the beautiful milky way. Imagine man's wonder and awe--trying to figure out how it all worked, where it all came from. Aristotle and Ptolemy were two ancient Greek philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians who attempted to explain rationally the movement of the sun, the moon, the planets, and the stars around the fixed and central earth. Centuries later, Copernicus replaced the earlier earth-centric model with a sun-centric theory of the solar system; but he had no evidence. Evidence came from another scientist and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, who is widely considered the father of modern science and the father of the scientific method. He was the first human being to turn a new invention, the telescope, to the stars. In 1610, he observed moons revolving around Jupiter, the evidence that was lacking to support Copernicus's theory. Modern Astronomy was born.
Astronomy is the mother of all sciences. It holds a very central place in Montfort's classical curriculum and is described by Plato as an essential part of the perfect education. Astronomy is also one of the most central activities and popular clubs of The Montfort Academy. Our club is named after Galileo.
Using our rooftop observatory and two Schmidt-Cassgrain 10-inch and 12-inch reflector-refractor telescopes, along with specialized eyepieces and astrophotographic equipment, members of the Astronomy club have witnessed and documented galaxies, nebulae, planetary and lunar movements, craters and mountains, sunspots, and many other celestial wonders.
The Montfort Academy is extremely grateful to the Order of Malta for their generous grants to The Montfort Academy for the purchase of our Celestron telescope and our rooftop observatory. We are also extremely grateful to the Mary Clancy Foundation for their support in the purchase of our eyepieces, specialized photographic equipment, and powerful computer processing for image stacking, resulting in brilliant astronomical photographs.