This timeline outlines major discoveries in astronomical observation and advancements in the telescope. How did the telescope help redefine astronomy’s purpose from a practical one of navigation and timekeeping to an academic one of discovering and understanding the cosmos?
This interactive visualization reveals what we could observe at different points in history. Mouseover the year label or use the slider at the bottom to navigate forward or backwards in time. Hover over the celectial bodies for more details!
I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the continued support and guidance of Magill’s staff. To Sarah Horowitz for her patience and encouragement through hundreds of iterations of this exhibition. To Krista Oldham for her positive attitude and collection findings. To Bruce Bumbarger for his continued interest and for making this exhibition a physical reality. To Mike Zarafonetis for giving the exhibition a digital dimension. To Yutong Li for her hard work in creating the exhibition website. To Terry Snyder for her support through this and many other endeavors. And finally, to the O’Donnell family and supporters of the Joe O’Donnell Student Library Research internship for this amazing opportunity.
--Victor Medina del Toro, Haverford '17