EclipseOfTheMoon

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541 Years ago…

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.

Nicolaus Copernicus (February 19 1473 – May 24 1543)

Full moon feb 2014 e

As early as 1508, Copernicus had begun developing his own celestial model – a heliocentric planetary system.
He discovered that….
1) Planets don’t revolve around one fixed point
2) The earth is at the center of the moon’s orbit
3) The sun is at the center of the universe, and all celestial bodies rotate around it
4) The distance between the earth and sun is only a tiny fraction of stars’ distance from the earth and sun
5) Stars do not move, and if they appear to,it is only because the earth itself is moving
6) Earth moves in a sphere around the sun, causing the sun’s yearly movement
7) Earth’s orbit around the sun causes the planets to orbit in the opposite direction.

Copernicus’s theories incensed the Roman Catholic Church – his model was considered heretical (!) because it was contrary to the Church’s teachings
“This fool wants to turn the whole art of astronomy upside down.” – they said

And yet –  they had the words written the thousands of years ago – right there in front of their eyes: “… He stretches out the northern sky over empty space, suspending the earth upon nothing… ” (Job 26:7) And yet –  they were blind…

Well…just a thought…

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Source: biography.com

Image : © Eclipse 2014

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