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Famous People: Nicolaus Copernicus Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about Nicolaus Copernicus and why the church had a problem with his heliocentric theory. These sites explain the difference between a geocentric theory and a heliocentric theory. What was the scientific revolution that Copernicus was a part of?

Grades

  • 9,
  • 10

Links

This site provides an explanation about why the church disliked the heliocentric theory.
Read this definition of the scientific revolution.
See a diagram of Ptolemy's Universe showing earth at the center of the universe. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Look at this diagram showing the sun at the center of the universe. Read the explanation of his theory. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read this article about Copernicus that discusses retrograde motion. NOTE: The site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This student site explains Ptolemy's theory and the Copernican theory.
This site shows a diagram of the solar system and describes the Heliocentric System.
This site shows a diagram and information supporting the heliocentric theory.
Read this short biography on Copernicus.
This biography has illustrations of the famous Polish astronomer.
This site has a biography of Copernicus from the Catholic encyclopedia. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read this biography that also explains Ptolemy's geocentric theory. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Go to the menu at the left and click on "N. Copernic." See pictures of three astronomical tools Copernicus used.
Read about the backward motion of some planets. NOTE: This site has links that lead to forums.

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