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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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Wales Online - December 26, 2009
Wales, UK — A campaign has been launched to protect Wales’ clear night skies from the ravages of light pollution.

About 10 000 people visited Rozhen Observatory in 2009
Focs Information Agency - December 25, 2009
Belogradchik, BULGARIA — Dr. Tanyu Bonev, director of the National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, in an interview with Radio Smolyan - Focus.

Starry, Starry Skies
Miller-McCune - December 24, 2009
Borrego Springs, CALIFORNIA — If the Star of Bethlehem, that "star with royal beauty bright," were to appear this Christmas, it would be obliterated in most of the world by an orange halo of glary city light.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise - December 24, 2009
Tupper Lake, NEW YORK — The Adirondack Public Observatory (APO), a nonprofit group planning to build an observatory in Tupper Lake, was awarded a $1,250 grant this week to help with the construction of its first building.

Keep a close eye to the sky this winter
Columbus Local News - December 22, 2009
Columbs, OHIO — I saw no stars on that cloudy night at the Perkins.

Norwich Bulletin - December 21, 2009
Norwich, CONNECTICUT — When the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed 2009 the International Year of Astronomy, it did so to celebrate, among other matters, the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Italian Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).

Pacific Scoop - December 18, 2009
NEW ZEALAND — Next year is pivotal to the success of New Zealand seeking a world heritage night sky reserve for Tekapo Aoraki-Mt Cook.

Geeky Educators Unite at the NSTA Conference
WIRED - December 18, 2009
Phoenix, ARIZONA — A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend part of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) area conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 3-5.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - December 17, 2009
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA — This year, the world is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. However, a little known Englishman and Renaissance scholar named Thomas Harriot was also exploring the heavens in 1609.

Bexley Times - December 17, 2009
Bexley, UK — An astrologer says the science world does not know why an annual asteroid shower is getting stronger and stronger each year.

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