( 1473–1543), Polish astronomer; Latinized name of Mikołaj Kopernik. He proposed a model of the solar system in which the planets orbited in perfect circles around the sun, and his work ultimately led to the overthrow of the established geocentric cosmology. He published his astronomical theories in De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1543).
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- The mechanics of the Copernican astronomy of Galileo attracted him and he also studied Kepler's Optics.
- None of these discoveries proved that the Copernican heliocentric theory was correct, but they offered evidence that Aristotle was wrong.
- He thus moved the universe from a Copernican Sun-centered system to a Sun located far from the galactic center in one of the spiral arms.
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