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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.
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UH Manoa - October 8, 2009Manoa, HAWAII — In 1609, Galileo Galilei, an Italian scientist, performed the first observation of the "stars" using a telescope. The Moon was covered with craters, the Milky Way was made of numerous stars, satellites circulated Jupiter, Venus waxed and waned.
The Oakland Tribune - October 8, 2009Oakland, CALIFORNIA — It seems everyone, even at the busy White House in Washington, is getting into the spirit of this International Year of Astronomy. I want to lobby for more star parties at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.!
The Daily Texan - October 8, 2009Austin, TEXAS — To help celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, a human model of our solar system was displayed Wednesday on the Robert Lee Moore Hall plaza.
Los Angeles Times - October 8, 2009Washington, DC — In a brief diversion from terrestrial concerns, President Obama turned his eyes to the cosmos Wednesday night as he hosted 150 middle-school students for an evening of stargazing and science at the White House.
Media Newswire - October 8, 2009Midland, TEXAS — To celebrate its grand re-opening after renovations, the Marian Blakemore Planetarium at Midland’s Museum of the Southwest will host a series of events on Friday, October 9, featuring McDonald Observatory Director Dr. David L. Lambert. The events are free and open to the public.
The Camrose Canadian - October 8, 2009Camrose AB, CANADA — As we enter the last few months of 2009 —the International Year of Astronomy, October offers a fabulous array of celestial views for those who look up while it is still dark in the morning.
Associated Press - October 8, 2009Washington, DC — Call it a star party with real star power.
Daily Herald-Tribune - October 8, 2009Grande Prairie AB, CANADA — As Marc Garneau celebrates the 25th anniversary of his becoming the first Canadian in space this week, local students got some insider tips from the Canadian Space Agency.
Portsmouth Today - October 8, 2009Portsmouth, UK — A rare chance to see moon rocks and meteorites will be on the programme when Hampshire Astronomical Group throws open its doors for the last time this year, the International Year of Astronomy.
The Washington Post - October 8, 2009Washington, DC — President Obama, having spent much of the day pondering Afghanistan, spent a few seconds Wednesday night looking through a telescope at a double-star system roughly one quadrillion miles away.
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