The Creator of Heliocentrism


Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus was an astronomer, scientist, and a mathematician. When he went to the University to Bologna he found an astronomer named, Domenico Maria Novara. There they exchanged theories together and tried to figure out if instead the Sun orbiting us. What if we orbit the Sun, and not the other way around? Nicolaus left Bologna and found a new friend. Johannes Kepler. They also exchanged theories and became good friends.

Early Education

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473. 10 years later, Nicolaus' father had died. His uncle, Varmia Lucas Watzenrode, decided to "step up to the plate", and take care of Nicolaus. Years later, Nicolaus left Torun and went to Italy to attend the University of Bologna. There he found Domenico Maria Novara, another astronomer.

Heliocentric System

Nicolaus Copernicus thought that there should be a map to look if we really are orbiting the Sun. So he created a map for Earth to see forever. He came up with the Heliocentric System. People around the world still uses this diagram to see the Solar System.

Death Of a Genius

Kepler soon revealed their work to the outer world for guidance. Nicolaus died of a stroke in his bed on May 24, 1543 in Frauenburg, Poland. Kepler shared right after he died. Nicolaus Copernicus was a symbol of the brave scientist who stood alone.