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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473 and died on May 24, 1543. During the time that he was alive, a couple of historically interesting things happened. Of course, Copernicus himself was the first modern astronomer to propose a…

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Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) is very well-known for his heliocentric theory which postulated that the sun is the center of the solar system. It had been widely believed that the earth was the center of the universe and it wasn’t until Copernicus that this belief began to shift. Initially the […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers In Context

Nicholas Copernicus: Nicholas Copernicus was extremely impactful to the astronomical world and to society as a whole. Up until Copernicus, the world believed that the earth was the ‘center’ of the universe. Copernicus created the Heliocentric model of the Solar System, saying that the Earth revolves around the sun along with other planets. In 1532, […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) is incredibly important to the history of astronomy. He was the one to first suggest that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Instead he surmised that the Earth and the neighboring planets revolved around the sun, thus stirring up controversy amongst many. […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

    Nicolaus Copernicus Born: February 19, 1473 Died: May 24, 1543 Johannes Kepler Born: December 27, 1571 Died: November 15, 1630 Tycho Brahe Born: December 14, 1546 Died: October 24, 1601 Galileo Galilei Born: February 15, 1564 Died: January 8, 1642 Isaac Newton Born: January 4, 1643 Died: March 31, 1727 Kepler, Brahe, and […] Continue reading

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Nicholas Copernicus Birth Data: 19 February 1473  Death Data: 24 May 1543 Events During Copernicus’s Lifetime: 1494: Italian Renaissance marked its end when the austere monk Girolamo Savonarola rose power in Florence. 1519: Magellan started to sail around the world and proved that Earth was a circle. He travelled west across Atlantic, and he made […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was incredibly important to astronomy because he first proposed a model of the universe in which the Sun was at the center and that Earth orbited it (heliocentric model). This was incredibly controversial during his time because most people believed the Earth was at the center of the universe and everything else orbited […] Continue reading

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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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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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