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Galileo in Context

1564-1642 More info on Galileo A significant event that happened during Galileo’s time was the settlement of Jamestown,Virginia.(1606) Another significant event that happened was the publication of the King James Bible in England.(1611) A significant figure that was alive during Galileo’s time was William Shakespeare.Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564.He died on April 23,1616.Shakespeare is […] 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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Johannes Kepler in Historical Context

Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) revolutionized astronomy and improved upon the works of previous astronomers (including Copernicus and Tycho) in multiple ways. Kepler was able to develop a mathematical model of the universe that was heliocentric and was both more accurate and simpler than that of Ptolemy, whose geocentric model with […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler: December 27, 1571 to November 15, 1630 (Image from Wikimedia Commons) Born in Germany during the 16th century, Kepler was born to a poor Lutheran family. However, his views on both a heliocentric solar system and his personal beliefs contradicting the Lutheran Faith in the Formula of Concord resulted in him alone in […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler Kepler was born December 27, 1571, and died on November 15, 1630, at 58 years old. He was an astronomer, a mathematician, and a philosopher. He worked with Tycho Brahe and used his observations to deduce his first law of planetary motion: 1) planets move in elliptical orbits with the Sun at one […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

#2 – Issac Newton was extremely important to the field of astronomy, with one of his most important contributions being calculus. Newton had devised new mathematical principles to model some of his observations in Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Additionally, Newton had theorized that all objects are affected by each other by the concept of […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

2) Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571—November 15, 1630) was incredibly important to astronomy and science as a whole because he bridged the gap between medieval and ancient “natural philosophy” to modern science. He was religious and, especially earlier in his life, placed a strong emphasis on integrating creation into his theories. This was common atContinue reading “Historical Astronomers in Context” Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

My chosen astronomy is Galileo. He was born Feb 15, 1564 and died Jan 8, 1642. Galileo was important for astronomy because he published his work using telescopes to observe the night sky, discovered three of Jupiter’s moons, made detailed observations of our moon, observed the phases of Venus, described the Milky Way as being […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an artists, astronomer during the late 1500s early 1600s. Galileo Galilei observed the sun, moon, Jupiter and Venus. He is the first person to see the dark, moving spots on the sun known today as sunspots. Galilei also observed the moon’s craters and came to the conclusion that the moon is […] 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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