The Galileo Museum in Florence, in collaboration with the Officine Panerai, now offers a new permanent exhibit entitled "Galileo and the Measurement of Time". It is an interactive space spread out over three rooms that illustrates the fundamental role of Galileo's discoveries with regards to how time is measured. Mechanical models and interactive exhibits with touch screens will teach visitors about Galileo's revolutionary discoveries regarding the universe and the movement of the planets, and how he created machines to measure time. Thanks to his discoveries, he also managed to solve the problem of finding longitudinal direction in open sea.
The three new rooms explore the invention of the telescope, the mathematical laws he perfected to understand planetary movement, and the development of the pendulum, which was vital to the discovery of time measurement systems. To celebrate Galileo's contribution to modern clockwork, Officine Panerai supported the development of these rooms. They also donated the Jupeterium, a planetary clock with a perpetual calendar that shows the movements of Jupiter and the four moons discovered by the Tuscan scientist. The clock shows visitors the positions of the Moon, Sun, Jupiter and the four so-called Galilean satellites.
The last of the three rooms also shows a reconstruction of the Planetary Clock designed by Lorenzo della Volpaia for Lorenzo de’ Medici and completed in 1510.
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