The Center of the Universe

Early man, looking at the heavens, believed the stars were fixed to the inside surface of a rotating sphere. From a modern perspective it’s pretty strange to assume that our world is the center of the Universe. Copernicus gave his name to the theory of an Earth-centered universe, and the Vatican propagated his belief by threatening to burn science heretics at the stake for stating otherwise. We now know that we live on the fringe of a nearly infinite and ever-expanding universe. Armillary dials have the earth positioned inside a mesh of bronze hoops, symbolizing the course of the planets known at the time. The course of the Sun is shown by a wide band called the ecliptic circle. Armillary or astronomical spheres date back to B.C. Greece.

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~ by authenticmodels on July 15, 2011.

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