Pre 1900

Nicolaus Copernicus

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Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473 and died in 1543.

What has Nicolaus Copernicus accomplished?

The Greeks use to believe that the earth was in the centre of the solar system. But Nicolaus Copernicus wondered if the earth itself moved. Nicolaus found out that it would be better explained if the sun was in the centre of the solar system because all the planets would move the same way all the time and the earth would orbit the sun just like any other planet.


how did nicolaus copernicas find out that the earth was in the middle of the solar system?

Nicolaus had a theory that it would make more sense to have the earth positioned in the middle of the solar system. Because then all the planets would move at the same time all the time. So that all the planets orbited the sun and the earth was just another planet.

How has knowing that the sun is in the centre of the solarsystem helped?

Because Nicolaus Copernicus found out the correct locations of all the planets, astronomers and scientists have found out how fare away all the planets are from the sun and how they orbit.

death bed request

Just before Nicolaus died he wrote a book explaining his theory. In his book it explained that the earth could be known as an ordinary planet. With the sun in the centre of the solar system and all the planets orbiting it at different distances. Just before he died he wanted to make sure that his theory was correct. It was...