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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus (Feb 9th, 1473- May 24th, 1543) Copernicus was born just 5 years before first Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was a tactic by the catholic monarch ruling over Europe to spread Catholicism all across territories they controlled. They deployed officers to target individuals engaging in heresy, that is displaying beliefs or actions that […] Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19th, 1473 and died May 24th, 1543. He was important to astronomy because he contested the commonly accepted geocentric model of the solar system and universe, favoring a heliocentric one. This not only led to one of the greatest advancements in astronomy, but it also helped open the door toContinue reading “Copernicus in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus lived from February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543. He was one of the first people to propose the Heliocentric Theory, which states that the Sun is the center of the solar system and everything else revolves around it. He also proposed that the Earth rotates on its axis and correctly predicted theContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

I chose Nicholas Copernicus (1473 – 1543) for my Homework 3 assignment. He lived during the inception of the Protestant Revolution (circa 1521), a religious conflict between Protestant reformers and the Catholic Church. In this same year, Ferdinand Magellan died during his attempted circumnavigation in the Pacific. Martin Luther, a prominent leader of the ProtestantContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus: Nicholas Copernicus was born February 19, 1473 and lived until May 24, 1543. Within his lifetime, he great contributions to astronomy that inspired many following astronomers, including Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, to test and prove some of the most fundamental aspects of our solar system.  Although it was not accepted at the time, CopernicusContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was a huge contributor to the world of astronomy. Not only is he viewed as the father of modern astronomy, he created the heliocentric theory and model of the universe. He was the first scientist in the modern era to propose that Earth traveled around theContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context: Nicolaus Copernicus” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus: Born: February 19th, 1473 Death: May 24th, 1543 Copernicus was an influential figure for astronomy because of his work in promoting the heliocentric model that ultimately led to the Copernican Revolution. While Aristarchus first proposed a sun centered model, Copernicus’ work in De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium signified a change from a Ptolemaic modelContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Astronomer: Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) Copernicus purported seven postulates in his Commentariolus, and the postulates became the foundation of the heliocentric cosmology (David Weintraub, “Copernicus” (Nashville, TN, 2020)).  The postulates were the following (quoted directly from Weintraub): There is not a single center for all the celestial orbs or spheresContinue reading “Copernicus in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus.  Born February 1473, Died May 1543. Johannes Kepler. Born December 1571, Died November 1630. Tycho Brahe.  Born December 1546, Died October 1601. Galileo Galilei. Born February 1564, Died January 1642. Isaac Newton. Born January 1643, Died March 1727. Nicholas Copernicus and Isaac Newton did not live with any of the scientists on thisContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

The Astronomer I chose was Nicholas Copernicus. Copernicus is important because he was the first person to suggest the idea of our world being heliocentric; he first thought of the sun being the center of our solar system, and that Earth orbits around the sun. This theory, is the one that we know to beContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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