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Historical Astronomers in Context: Nicholas Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus (February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543) was a Polish scientist who mathematically calculated the details of a heliocentric, or sun-centered, solar system.  He uncovered relationships that permitted him to calculate each planet’s orbital period and the distance from each planet to the sun in terms of the astronomical unit (AU), or the … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context: Nicholas Copernicus Continue reading Continue reading

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Copernicus Does a Revolution

Copernicus is known for challenging the established geocentric model that was integral to the catholic church’s perception of earth’s divine creation with his publication of The Revolutions (Of the Celestial Spheres). He set the stage for a better understanding of our place in the solar system, and soon after his death in 1543 the world … Continue reading Copernicus Does a Revolution Continue reading Continue reading

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Nicholas Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus – February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543 Historical Events During Life of Copernicus In 1492, Christopher Columbus, trying to create a more direct trade route between India and Spain, becomes the first European explorer to discover the Americas. In 1517, Martin Luther posts his theses, a list of grievances with the Catholic … Continue reading Nicholas Copernicus Continue reading Continue reading

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Nicholas Copernicus

Nicholas Copernicus – February 19, 1473 to May 24, 1543 Historical Events During Life of Copernicus In 1492, Christopher Columbus, trying to create a more direct trade route between India and Spain, becomes the first European explorer to discover the Americas. In 1517, Martin Luther posts his theses, a list of grievances with the Catholic … Continue reading Nicholas Copernicus Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born in 1473 and died in 1543. Copernicus was one of the first “modern day” astronomers and his work changed the way that scientist of his time viewed the solar system. His most notable work involved proposing a model of the solar system. This model suggested that earth was revolving around the sun, the opposite of what had been believed … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was born February 19, 1473 and died May 24, 1543. Copernicus‘ most important contribution to astronomy is his heliocentric model of the solar system that placed the Sun at a fixed point in the center, and depicted the planets orbiting the Sun. In this model, Earth was just another planet. The … Continue reading Copernicus in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born on February 19th, 1473 at a country of Torun, Royal Prussia, Poland. He died on May 24th, 1543 at Frauenburg, East Prussia. Johannes Kepler was born on December 27th, 1571 at Weil der Stadt Wurttemberg (Germany). He died on November 15th, 1630 at Regensburg. Tycho Brahe was born on December 14th, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Copernicus in Context

Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was one of the most important figures in astronomy history. In order to find a better model to predict planet motions, Copernicus developed the heliocentric theory based on Aristarchus’s work. He calculated both the orbital period and distance to the Sun, providing geometric relationships and therefore strengthening … Continue reading Copernicus in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Some Context…

I thought to start out the semester, I would look back and provide a little context for myself and everyone else as to how we as humans used to do astronomy. I learned some of the basics of the history of astronomy in a class called the Scientific Revolution. We discussed some of the big […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

My chosen astronomer is Nicolaus Copernicus who was born on February 19, 1473 and died on May 24, 1543. In 1512, Michelangelo finished the Sistine Chapel, which is regarded as one of the most notable interior space paintings of all time and took Michelangelo four years to complete. In 1520 the Stockholm Bloodbath saw King … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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