Daily Archives: February 4, 2018

A Short Reflection on Nicolaus Copernicus and some Events during his Life

Few individuals hold such prominence in historical Astronomy as Nicolaus Copernicus, the father of the so-called Copernican Revolution. He lived from 1473 to 1543 and started the shift which led to the jettisoning of the geocentric model of the solar system in favor of the (correct) heliocentric model. Copernicus thus followed in the footsteps of the […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543): Copernicus developed the concept of a heliocentric solar system, publishing his work in Commentariolus and De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (part of which was written by Osiander). He built his own observatory and was often criticized by the Roman Catholic Church for his “unconventional” theories. Historical Events: … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571- November 15, 1630), summarized his discoveries with three physical principles. First, the planets move in elliptical orbits, but not perfect circles, with the Sun at one focus. Second, he argued that the time necessary to traverse any arc of a planetary orbit is proportional to the area of the sector between … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571- November 15, 1630), summarized his discoveries with three physical principles. First, the planets move in elliptical orbits, but not perfect circles, with the Sun at one focus. Second, he argued that the time necessary to traverse any arc of a planetary orbit is proportional to the area of the sector between … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571- November 15, 1630), summarized his discoveries with three physical principles. First, the planets move in elliptical orbits, but not perfect circles, with the Sun at one focus. Second, he argued that the time necessary to traverse any arc of a planetary orbit is proportional to the area of the sector between … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context – Nicholas Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus Nicholas Copernicus was important to astronomy because his heliocentric theory. At that time, people believed that Earth is the center of the universe and all the other astro bodies were revolving around Earth. The appearance of the heliocentric theory from Nicholas Copernicus helped people correct their false assumption, which hugely helped scientists at … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context – Nicholas Copernicus Continue reading

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Historical Figures in Context

Historical Figures in Astronomy  a) Nicholas Copernicus  Birth: February 19, 1473 Death: May 21, 1543 Johannes Kepler Birth: December 27, 1571 Death: November 15, 1630 Tyco Brahe… Read more “Historical Figures in Context” Continue reading

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Newton: the Father of Modern Physics and Astronomy

Sir Isaac Newton lived from January 4, 1643 to March 31, 1727. He is commonly hailed as the father of classical mechanics and one of the most influential scientists and mathematicians of all time. Beyond developing calculus, which serves as the infrastructure for modern astronomy, he discovered the fundamental laws that govern bodies of terrestrial and astronomical … Continue reading Newton: the Father of Modern Physics and Astronomy Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (December 14th, 1546 – October 24th, 1601) Tycho Brahe was known as the last great “naked-eye” astronomer. He did all of his research without the aid of telescopes and was still able to be more precise than any of his predecessors. Much of his work revolved around studying the moon and other objects … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a German mathematician and astronomer who established the laws of planetary motion. He worked as Tycho Brahe’s apprentice. Although the two had a strained relationship, Kepler’s ability to find mathematical relationships among data proved the perfect complement to Brahe’s unparalleled observation skills. Through his work with Brahe’s observations, Kepler founded the … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading

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