Galileo, Planetary Atmospheres, and Prograde Revolution

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Science  08 Feb 1985:
Vol. 227, Issue 4687, pp. 597-600
DOI: 10.1126/science.227.4687.597


Early in March 1610 Galileo was preoccupied with curious brightness variations of the newly discovered satellites of Jupiter. In formulating an incorrect explanation he advanced important generalizations about the existence of planetary atmospheres and counterclockwise circulation within the solar system.