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Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. Copernicus' epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), published just before his death in 1543, is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the scientific revolution.

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Introducing the Science of Astronomy

Copernicus used the scientific method during his explorations and new discoveries. He built off the ideas of others who had made previous conclusions on the idea of planetary motion in order to form his own. He integrated prior knowledge and newly found information

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Nicolaus Copernicus monument in Kraków Nicolaus Copernicus (born -1473 in Torun, Poland) was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.

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Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, born on Feb. 19, 1473, was first to determine that the planets revolve around the sun....Frombork, Poland

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Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543), was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center. The publication of Copernicus' book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the scientific revolution.

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Do you have any astronomers in your family tree? On February 19, 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.

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