The Royal Astronomical Research & Observation Society was formed by the Medici family to support scientists, starting with the astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. In the early 1600s, Galileo, who was cash-strapped and had a family to provide for, took a job tutoring Cosimo de Medici, the teenage son of Ferdinando I, grand duke of Tuscany. Galileo later was hired to tutor Ferdinando’s wife, who reportedly thought he was an astrologer rather than an astronomer and had him do the duke’s horoscope. In 1610, Galileo published “The Starry Messenger,” a work describing recent discoveries he’d made with a telescope, including the fact that Jupiter had moons, which he named after the Medici. Galileo dedicated the book to his former student Cosimo, who had inherited his father’s title, and was rewarded with a lucrative post as mathematician and philosopher to the grand duke along with being appointed the first grandmaster of RAROS.
I. Stimulation and facilitation of sharing astronomical knowledge among
II. Coordination of professional tasks and interactions with other fields at
the professional level;
III. Recognition of excellence in astronomy through prizes;
IV. Fostering inclusiveness in the advancement of astronomy;
V. Facilitation of the advancement of the next generation of astronomers
VI. Stimulation of global development through the use of astronomy;
VII. Engagement with the public in astronomy;
VIII.Use of astronomy to stimulate teaching and education at school level.
The Royal Astronomical Reseach & Observation Society (RAROS), founded in 1611, is a Masonic organisation that overlooks, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation.
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