We liked this a lot... not only for important historical purposes (the story of Giordano Bruno), or that Ball Aerospace built the Kepler telescope (the basis for our own Sentinel Space Telescope), but also that we're huge fans of Dr. Alex Parker (who created our super popular Don't Be a Dinosaur tshirt image). Check out the story, but be sure to watch Alex's video: "Worlds: The Kepler Planet Candidates" http://vimeo.com/47408739
Thanks to the Kepler Mission for the original post on FB. *
A Dominican friar named Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy 414 years ago today (February 17, 1600). Just one week earlier, some 1300 km away, in that same month and year, Johannes Kepler was arriving in Prague, meeting Tycho Brahe, and stepping through the portal leading to the discovery of the laws of planetary motion and, eventually, the discovery of innumerable new worlds.
"For there is a single general space, a single vast immensity which we may freely call Void; in it are innumerable globes like this one on which we live and grow. This space we declare to be infinite, since neither reason, convenience, possibility, sense-perception nor nature assign to it a limit. In it are an infinity of worlds of the same kind as our own."
~ Giordano Bruno
From: On the Infinite Universe and Worlds (1584)
Image: screenshot from "Worlds: The Kepler Planet Candidates", by Alex Parkerhttp://vimeo.com/47408739