NASA HISTORY: Revolutionary Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus Was Born In 1473
By NASA // February 19, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: Nicolaus Copernicus – Mini Biography Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus identified the concept of a heliocentric solar system, in which the sun, rather than the earth, is the center of the solar system.
(NASA) – On this day (February 19) in 1473, revolutionary astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born.
Copernicus, in formulating a heliocentric model of the universe, provided the ignition for one of the most significant scientific revolutions in history—the aptly named Copernican Revolution.
Un-tethered from the geocentric dogma of his times, Copernicus was able to start with a fresh slate and develop a more elegant heliocentric system of concentric circles, planetary orbits.
Copernicus’s work, though not initially superior to the geocentric model in its predictive power, gained a firmer foundation when Galileo observed Jupiter’s moons in 1610.
He was an exemplary scientist who became aware of his erroneous assumptions and, in doing so, sparked a major mental shift in the collective human awareness of our world.