Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nicolaus Copernicus' Remains Finally Discovered

Polish archaeologists have identified the remains of 16th-century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, whose theories identified the Sun, and not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

In his book, On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres, Copernicus said there is no one center of all the planets, and that they all revolve around the sun as their mid-point, and therefore the sun is the center of the universe. This is known as the heliocentric theory, as opposed to earth-centric, which Ptolemy believed, and the Catholic Church forced Galileo into espousing.

The discovery of Copernicus’ body finally ends centuries of searching for his final resting place.

Surprisingly, his remains were found at the outskirts of the cemetery, and not in the center, as previously believed.

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