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Its not a stretch to say the Copernican revolution fundamentally changed the way we think about our place in the universe. In antiquity people believed the earth was the centre of the solar sytem and the universe, where as now we are on just one of many planets orbiting the sun.

But this shift in view didnt happen overnight. Rather, it took almost a centiry of new theory and careful observations, often using simple mathmatics and rudimentary instruments, to reveal our true position in the heavens.


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