Share this entry

Share this page

Kepler, Johannes

Line breaks: Jo|han¦nes Kep¦ler
Pronunciation: /ˈkɛplə
 
, ˈkɛplɐ/

Definition of Kepler, Johannes in English:

( 1571–1630), German astronomer. His analysis of Tycho Brahe’s planetary observations led him to discover the three laws governing orbital motion.

Derivatives

Keplerian

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪərɪən/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Examples of refracting afocal systems include an ordinary Keplerian telescope, a Galilean telescope, and a lens-erecting telescope.
  • Astronomical photographs of the familiar planets of our old solar system perpetrate a comfortable lie: planets are giant round spheres that follow predictable Keplerian orbits around a common yellow dwarf star.
  • The Ptolemaic theory was well and truly gone, and the Keplerian version of heliocentrism was well and truly established.

Definition of Kepler, Johannes in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…