Galileo was many things (physicist, mathemetician and astronomer) and known for doing many other things but the thing that he was probably best recognized for was advocating for heliocentrism which is the idea that the Earth actually orbits the Sun instead of the opposite. Although this idea was founded by Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo was prominent in advocating this idea.
He is also quite well known for his work with the telescope. He was instrumental in taking one of the original telescopes with 3X magnification to 32X magnification. When he did this he discovered Jupiter’s moons and the hills and valleys on the Moon.
Galileo is probably best known for his belief and advocacy of the Copernican System, the idea that the Sun is at the center of the solar system and the Earth orbits around it. He ran into trouble with the Catholic Church’s Inquisition as a result of these beliefs. They found him guilty of heresy and he was under house arrest for the last 10 years of his life.
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