his findings in The Starry Messenger. Since he had long wanted to secure an official position in the employ of the Medici family, he decided to call the new objects the Medicean Stars. His efforts were rewarded, and later in 1610 he moved to Florence to become Philosopher and Chief Mathematician to the Medici court.

Galileo's discoveries concerning Jupiter encouraged him him to point his telescope at other planets to see if they, too, had satellites. Later in 1610 he observed Saturn, but he was baffled by its curious shape:

I have observed that Saturn is not a single star but three together, which always touch each other. They do not move in the least among themselves and have the following shape oOo, the middle being much larger than the lateral ones.

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