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NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
Poland (1473 - 1543)
Nicolaus Copernicus was the first astronomer to formulate a scientifically based heliocentric cosmology that displaced the Earth from the center of the universe. His epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), is often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and the defining epiphany that began the Scientific Revolution.
 

Enjoy these insightful and educational video clips drawn from over 70 hours of interviews with the world's leading figures in astronomy, shot during the filming of 400 Years of the Telescope.

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Steven Beckwith

How I became an astronomer
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

Itís a little bit of an accident. I loved astronomy as a kid. I had a telescope, and then I made a telescope, my father actually got me started and got me a kit...

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Steven Beckwith

Hubble and the general public
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

Hubble, frankly, didnít belong to the astronomers at that point. It was publicly funded, yes, we use it for research, yes, it is great, it is the greatest of these instruments, but really we had been so successful in engaging the public in this mission that everybody thought they owned it and they couldnít understand why it was going to be taken away from them.

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Steven Beckwith

IYA Greeting
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

Astronomy is part of the human consciousness or awareness thatís weíre in something bigger than just ourselves.

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Steven Beckwith

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

First of all, we know we can predict with very good Ė we believe we can predict certain discoveries that should be made which will be tremendously exciting, if we can build the technology. In the case of the James Webb, itís designed to be able to look back beyond the beginning of galaxies.

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Steven Beckwith

The Hubble launch
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

Imagine putting a rather heavy school bus in orbit, and then being able, once itís in orbit, to point it anywhere in the sky to a tiny fraction of a second of arc, and stabilize it for an hour as itís whizzing around, or more as itís whizzing around the earth at 17,000 miles an hour. That was a remarkable technological feat.

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