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Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer

  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Here we bring you some rarely seen pictures of astronomer and Renaissance mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, who formulated a heliocentric model.
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) who first expounded the heliocentric theory which states that the sun, not the earth is the centre of our solar system.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1543) who proposed a heliocentric view of the Universe - that the Sun is at the centre of the Universe and that the Earth revolves around it annually, spinning on its axis once daily.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Best known for his treatise "On the Revolution of the Celestial Spheres," Copernicus asserted that the earth revolved around the sun - contrary to the medieval belief that the earth was the centre of the universe.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolas Copernicus' (1473 - 1543) ideas on the movement of the earth around the sun from 'Description de l'Univers' by Manesson-Mallet.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Copernicus died on 24 May 1543. The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was reburied in Poland in a lavish ceremony 467 years after his death.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • A statue of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 - 1543) with a pair of compasses and an astrolabe. He first proposed the heliocentric theory that the earth revolves around the sun.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • A statue of Copernicus sits next to the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in Holmes Chapel, England.
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  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer
  • Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer