Galileos finger to go on display in Italy

February 28th, 2009 - 3:22 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 28 (ANI): One of Galileo Galileis fingers, which is the only remaining part of the 17th century astronomers body, is to go on display in Italy.

According to a report in the Telegraph, the finger, which is the middle digit from Galileos right hand, is mounted on a marble base and encased in a crystal jar.

It will be among 250 objects which will go on display in Florence as part of an exhibition entitled Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope, which opens next month in Florence.

The finger was removed from the astronomers body when it was exhumed from his unconsecrated grave and transferred to a mausoleum in a Florentine church in 1737.

It is usually on display at Florences Museum of the History of Science.

Last month, British and Italian scientists unveiled plans to exhume Galileos body to determine whether a degenerative eye condition affected his observation of the planets in later life.

Researchers believe that Galileo could have been even more accurate in his work had he not been suffering from a genetic disease which eventually left him blind.

They are seeking permission from the Catholic Church to exhume the body.

Galileo, who lived from 1564 to 1642, was condemned by the Church for teaching that the Earth revolves around the Sun and in 1633 was tried and convicted of heresy by the Inquisition. (ANI)

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