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Copernicus solar system theory

Copernicus solar system theory


The Copernican Planisphere, illustrated in 1661 by Andreas Cellarius. Credit: Public domain In the early 1500s, when virtually everyone believed Earth was the center of the universe, Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus proposed that the planets instead revolved around the sun. Although his model wasn…
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Earth in 2014

Earth in 2014


Super Typhoon Vongfong has rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours, from the equivalent of a category two hurricane to a monster typhoon with 155 mph wind speeds, and an estimated central pressure of 908 millibars. Based on satellite estimates of central pressure, Vongfong is now the most intense storm on Earth so far in 2014, and forecast models suggest it could rival the…


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Ancient Astronomers

Ancient Astronomers


One of the earliest advanced civilizations, Ancient Egypt, had a rich religious tradition which permeated every aspect of society. As in most early cultures, the patterns and behaviors of the sky led to the creation of a number of myths to explain the astronomical phenomena. For the Egyptians, the practice of astronomy went beyond legend: huge temples and pyramids were built…


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Galaxies from Earth

Galaxies from Earth


NASA has just discovered a group of galaxies far, far away — so far, in fact, that it set a new record for the most distant ever discovered. The cluster of galaxies, named CL J1001+0220 (or CL J1001 for short), resides a whopping 11.1 billion light-years from Earth. Astronomers found the distant cluster of galaxies using a combination of observations from NASA s Chandra X-ray…


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Early Greek Astronomy

Early Greek Astronomy


Greek astronomy is the astronomy of those who wrote in the Greek language in classical antiquity i.e. see Aristarchus of Samos Greek astronomer/mathematician and his heliocentric model of the solar system. Greek astronomy is understood to include the ancient Greek, Hellenistic, Greco-Roman, and Late Antiquity eras. It is not limited geographically to Greece or to ethnic Greeks…


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Recent solar system discoveries

Recent solar system discoveries


A new large dwarf planet beyond Neptune was discovered by a group of scientists, a State-run Xinhua News Agency article reported. The team of professional stargazers noted that the recent discovery could help experts in understanding the solar system better. Named RR245, the newly-discovered icy planetary object is said to orbit the sun every 700 earth years. It has a diameter…


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First solar system

First solar system


ATLANTA, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Marking a major milestone in the strategic expansion of one of the nation s leading renewable generation portfolios, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power today announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company s largest solar asset - the 300-megawatt (MW) Desert Stateline Facility in California - from First Solar…


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Galileo solar system theory

Galileo solar system theory


How can the Catholic Church claim infallibility when it officially condemned Galileo for heresy when he declared that the earth revolves around the sun? Add to this the fact that Galileo was cruelly imprisoned and forced to recant under the pains of torture. Modern science now shows that Galileo was right and the infallible pope was wrong. Many have unwittingly embraced the…


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History of the solar system

History of the solar system


Satellites such as the Kepler have been working overtime to uncover hundreds of new planets in our galaxy. But how did we first discover the planets in our local volume of space? Here are the stories of how astronomers living hundreds of years ago discovered each planet in our solar system. Mercury The innermost planet in our solar system, Mercury orbits our sun between just…


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List of Astronomers and their discoveries

List of Astronomers and their discoveries


Nearly eighty years ago an astronomer working at the Lowell Observatory in the United States made a discovery that would ultimately initiate a dramatic change in the way we look at our Solar System. The young astronomer was Clyde Tombaugh, an observing assistant working at the observatory made famous by the great astronomer Percival Lowell. Tombaugh was continuing the search…


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Objects outside our solar system

Objects outside our solar system


Astronomers say they have detected clouds of water outside of our solar system ― the first discovery of its kind. The remarkable find was located 7.2 light years from Earth on a brown dwarf ― a type of low-mass star ― called WISE 0855. It’s described as the coldest known object outside of our solar system and “strikingly similar to Jupiter.” “Its extremely low temperature makes…


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