Nicolaus Copernicus

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  • Feb 19, 1473

    Nicolaus Copernicus Is Born.

    Nicolaus Copernicus Is Born.
    Nicolaus Copernicus was born on the 19th of February 1473 in the city of Torun, in the Prince-Bishopric of Warmia, northern Poland. His father Mikolaj Kopernik was a banker and a merchant and his mother Barbara Watzenrode came from a wealthy upper-class family of merchants.
    The importance of this event is that without Nicolaus Copernicus's birth, there will be no astronomer to posit the idea of a Heliocentric solar system which is a system in which planetary objects orbit the sun
  • 1483

    Copernicus Orphaned (1483-1485)

    Copernicus Orphaned (1483-1485)
    When Nicolaus Copernicus was 10 years old his father died around 1483-1485, his mother had also died between 1474 and 1474. His maternal uncle which is the brother of his mum is Lucas Watzenrode who is a nobleman and became Nicolaus Copernicus guardian.
    There was no important event of the day where Nicholas Copernicus was Orphaned is because he didn't discover anything, create anything and there was no theory about him at the time when his parents had both passed away.
  • 1491

    Education (1491-1495)

    Education (1491-1495)
    Copernicus enrolled in the University of Krakow to study liberal arts. As a student of Krakow University he was introduced to astronomy, medicine, arithmetic and geometry. He studied 4 years without receiving a degree and like many people from Poland, he went to Italy to study medicine and law.
    The importance of this event is that he was introduced to astronomy, medicine, arithmetic and geometry. After a couple of years his main focus was on astronomy and mathematics which helped him.
  • 1496

    University of Bologna (1496-1500), Canon

    University of Bologna (1496-1500), Canon
    Copernicus studies canon law at the University of Bologna in Italy. He lives in the home of the school's astronomy professor and witnesses some of the professor's throw backs observations. Copernicus also was interested in learning Greek at this time. First important exposure to astronomy under a well known astronomer. Domenico Novarra. In 1497 Copernicus becomes a canon in the diocese of Frombork.
    This event is important because Copernicus gets to witness some of the professor's note.
  • Aug 23, 1497

    Observation #1

    Observation #1
    Nicolaus is known for 27 observations that he recorded in his book De Revolutionibus. The first observation was that he had seen the moon eclipse. "the brightest star in the eye of the bull".
    The importance of this event is that Copernicus discovered 27 observations through reading other astronomy books, he recorded in his book De Revolutionibus and the first ever observation that he did was that he had seen the moon eclipse.
  • Aug 15, 1498

    Use of observation #1

    Use of observation #1
    He most likely used his first observation to check the new and full moon tables, used in Novaras forecast.
    This is important because it was his first ever observation.
  • 1501

    Canon and medicine (1501-1503)

    Canon and medicine (1501-1503)
    Through the influence of his uncle, Copernicus becomes a canon at Frauenberg. He takes a period of time to leave and study medicine at the University of Padua which includes learning astronomy since it is believed that the stars affected the body. He receives a doctorate in canon law in 1503 and eventually receives a degree from University of Ferrara.
    This is important because Copernicus took a period of time to study medicine at the University of Padua which includes astronomy.
  • 1504

    Helping Bishop Watzenrode (1504-1509)

    Helping Bishop Watzenrode (1504-1509)
    Copernicus uncle Lucas is now Bishop and wants him to help with admin work at his hall. With his medical knowledge Copernicus cares for his uncle and the other canons that are ill. He also translates a historical piece from Latin to Greek that is published in 1509. Copernicus had learnt medical in the past years and used his knowledge to help his uncle which is a Bishop and other canons that are ill and he can now translate a historical piece from Latin to Greek that is published in 1509.
  • May 10, 1512

    Little Commentary

    Little Commentary
    Nicholaus wrote little Commentary. A pamphlet that talks about the Earth revolving around the sun, the church disagreed with this theory. He outlined the Heliocentric theory in his book. The importance of this event is that he wrote little Commentary which he created. A pamphlet that explains that the Earth is revolving around the sun, but the churched disagree and he had to outline the Heilocentric theory in his book which he is famous for.
  • Apr 11, 1514

    Observation #2

    Observation #2
    By 1514 Nicholaus had gathered enough information from observing the sky to great the pages in his books. From his observations his theory stated that the earth is not the center of the universe, the universe has no center and that the center would be near the sun. He wanted to shift from geocentric to Heliocentric.
    The importance of this event is that he shift from geocentric to Heilocentric and this influence a lot of people to this day because he was the 1st ever astronomer to do it.
  • Apr 13, 1516

    Moving on

    Moving on
    After 4 years in school his uncle sent him to Italy to study law. The reason why his uncle sent him to Italy to study law is because of his growing interest in Astronomy, he began to be able to learn Greek and understand most works of astronomy that was written in Greek.
    The importance of this event is that he grew interest in Astronomy, he began to learn Greek and understand most works of astronomy that was written in work because he had lots of interest in it.
  • Apr 11, 1532

    Final Observation

    Final Observation
    Nicholaus finished his observations of the sky and applied his observations to mathematics to identify the universe. He finally completed his book De Revolutionbus orbium coelestium – The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres but didn’t published it.
    What is important about this is that he finished his final observation and applied his observations to mathematics to identify the universe and he finally completed his book Dre Revolutionbus orbium colestium.
  • Nov 8, 1532

    The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres

    The Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres
    By 1532 Nicholaus had published his 6th book on astronomy. This book described the see travelling motion (planetary) that was backed up by mathematics.
    The importance of this event is that Nicholaus Copernicus finally published his 6th book on astronomy and a lot of people were interested in it.
  • May 24, 1543

    Nicolaus Copernicus Death

    Nicolaus Copernicus Death
    May 24th , 1543 Copernicus passed away due to a stroke and his health during the past years, it got worst overtime. He died at the age of 70 years old.
    It wasn’t important of event of the day where Copernicus passed away due to a stroke is because he didn’t found anything, create anything and there was no theory about him at the time when his parents had both past away. But after a 20 years another famous scientist Galileo Galilei grew interest in Copernicus hard work over the past decade.
  • Paragraph - Explain why one achievement or creation still impacts on our lives today

    Paragraph -  Explain why one achievement or creation still impacts on our lives today
    We need the solar system (Heliocentric or Copernican) because it helps us appreciate the Earth. It gives us incentives to preserve and respect our natural resources. Thanks to Nicolaus Copernicus for creating this idea which still impact our lives to this day and it is one of his well known achievements which gives us incentives to preserve and respect our natural resources.