Copernicus

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Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy
Course
ASTR 101
Professor
Prof.
Semester
Fall

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Copernicus • Ptolemy's model of the solar system was highly complex and held strong for about 1500 years as the dark ages hindered any scientific progress  After 1500AD, new developments began appearing such as the printing press or Columbus's travel across the Atlantic  The time for scientists to challenge theories and reject hypothesis was now • The idea of a heliocentric universe was given serious thought by Copernicus, who admittedly did not think of this idea  Aristarchus proposed after discovering that the Sun was much larger than the Earth and much farther from Earth than the moon that Earth actually orbits the sun, along with everything else in the solar system  Even proposed Earth spun on an axis to explain the diurnal motions and
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