In celebration of Skunk Bear’s 200th post (thanks for following folks!) I present: Galileo moonwalking! Among Galileo’s many sketches were some of the first accurate depictions of the moon. The mountainous, pitted moon he drew showed reality, not the perfect, smooth sphere put forth by Aristotle.
I was trying to figure out the best quote to pair with this GIF, but I couldn’t decide – so I included a few. The last one — eppur si muove — falls into that “he-didn’t-say-it-but-he-should’ve” category of quotes. According to one story, when Galileo was forced to renounce his claims of a heliocentric solar system by the Catholic Church he defiantly stated, “and yet it moves,” referring to the earth. There’s no reason to believe this actually happened, but I wish it had.
Also, this quote pairs nicely with moonwalking.