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Nicolaus Copernicus' 540th birthday: Saluting the Polish astronomer

Tech | | February 19, 2013, 1:39 pm
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Here we bring you some rarely seen pictures of astronomer and Renaissance mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, who formulated a heliocentric model.

Here we bring you some rarely seen pictures of astronomer and Renaissance mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, who formulated a heliocentric model.

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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.

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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A statue of Copernicus sits next to the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in Holmes Chapel, England.

A statue of Copernicus sits next to the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in Holmes Chapel, England.

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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.

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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Nicolas Copernicus' (1473 - 1543) ideas on the movement of the earth around the sun from 'Description de l'Univers' by Manesson-Mallet.

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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Copernicus died on 24 May 1543. The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was reburied in Poland in a lavish ceremony 467 years after his death.

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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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.

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.