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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus (February 19, 1473-May 24, 1543). Copernicus was important to astronomy because his work lead to the geocentric theory being replaced with the heliocentric theory. Up until Copernicus, Ptolemy’s theory that the earth is the center of the universe was the most accepted, but Copernicus updated Aristarchus’s heliocentric model. Copernicus also identified that the […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context – Homework #6

2. Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) was important to astronomy because he served as a pioneer in drifting away from the geocentric model of the universe. He dove tediously into the tables and mathematics of the previous, geocentric model of the universe and found enlightenment in geometry. He thereby successfully determined the distances between planets and the Sun, as […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Copernicus

  Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) Historical events in the time of Copernicus: In 1492, when Copernicus was 19 years old, Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” from Spain and discovered America – specifically, the Caribbean islands. In 1506, when Copernicus was 33, construction began on St. Peter’s Church in Rome (and […] Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Nicholas Copernicus: February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543 Nicholas Copernicus was a pioneer in the astronomical community. Working off of a previous notion, Copernicus was able to scientifically prove the heliocentric model of the universe. Previously, the idea of the universe was Earth-centric, but his work paved the way for a new way of thinking … Continue reading “Copernicus in Context” Continue reading

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Astronomical History + Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus- February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543 Nicholas Copernicus’ greatest contribution to science was the idea that the Sun was the center of our solar system rather than the Earth. In other words, a heliocentric model rather than a geocentric model. This was a major step forward in determining that the Earth is […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicolaus Copernicus Birth: February 19, 1473 Death: May 24, 1543 1492 – Columbus sails the ocean blue and lands in the Americas, only to take over and wipe out almost the entire Native population. While it was an exciting “discovery” for Spain, it meant devastating consequences for others.  1513 – Machiavelli writes The Prince, a […] Continue reading

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Copernicus and the Luthers

Nicolaus Copernicus had the fortune to be born on February 19, 1473 and the misfortune to die on May 24, 1543. This man laid the groundwork for future astronomers who actually did things that we study as more than just history. Before Copernicus, the geocentric model of the universe was the prevailing theory about the universe. […] Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Historical Context of Nicholas Copernicus  Portrait of Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) Nicholas Copernicus  was born in the Kingdom of Poland on February 19, 1473 and died in the same area he was born on May 24, 1543. He was an extremely important and influential figure for early astronomy, and his work became the basis for a lot of […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus (2/19/1473 – 5/24/1543) played a massive role in laying down the foundation for modern day astronomy. He came up with the heliocentric model of the solar system where the Sun was at the center, as opposed to the Earth as everyone had previously thought. This sparked the Copernican Revolution where a lot of new information […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Hello! For my homework assignment, I researched some basic information about Nicholas Copernicus, the Polish astronomer. Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473, and died on May 24, 1543. You can find more information on Copernicus’ life here! There were many fascinating events and people that lived during Copernicus’ lifetime. In 1492, when Copernicus was 19,… Continue reading

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