The Copernican Revolution


Nicolaus Copernicus lived from 1473-1543, a time when rebellion against the Church was at its height. And unfortunately for the astronomy of the time, it had gotten inextricably tied up with Christian teachings.

In that time, heaven and hell weren’t just parts of our personal religions and beliefs—the Church held some of the highest authority over the land, and questioning heaven and hell just wasn’t done.

The way astronomers of the time pictured the universe fell right in sync with the heaven and hell geometry—Earth was the imperfect center of the universe, with hell nested deep below. Heaven was a place of perfection, and it was where all the heavenly bodies—the moon, sun, planets and stars—all moved.

Problem was, the Ptolemaic model of the universe really couldn’t explain detailed observations. It used epicycles to explain why the planets moved backwards sometimes. And no matter what people tried, they couldn’t get it to be accurate…

But then along came Copernicus, who would be the first to challenge the Ptolemaic universe and be believed. Continue reading

Coming Soon!

Before you ask, yes, every field of science in the menu will eventually have material.

When is another question entirely.

I plan to publish at least 100 posts on every subject. For now, I’m trying to get up to about 50 with astronomy.

Because there is some overlap between that and other subjects, you’ll find posts under some of the other categories. Those are:

You can also find content under “Myth & Science” and “Science Stuff,” though those categories have been largely neglected thus far.

“Myth & Science” contains posts on myths that I use scientific evidence to confirm or debunk. “Science Stuff” consists of anything related to science that isn’t an explanation of a natural phenomenon.

After I finish posting the next ten or so astronomy posts, I’ll move on to another science field, and publish about 50 posts—one to three every week.

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