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Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th birthday Google Doodle

Written on:February 19, 2013
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February 19th Tuesday 2013,Google today celebrates Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th birthday.


Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer. He created a Heliocentric Model which placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of the universe.

Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 in the city of Toruń (Thorn), in the province of Royal Prussia, in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland.

Copernicus published the first draft of his heliocentric theories some time before 1514. This was shared with a small group of friends under the title “Commentariolus” (“Little Commentary”).

Copernicus in his seminal work De revolutionibus orbium coelestium publicly expressed his views about the heliocentric hypothesis.

Copernicus died in Frombork on 24 May 1543.Legend has it that the first printed copy of De Revolutionibus was placed in his hands on the day of his death.

The doodle depicts the Sun at the centre of the solar system and the other planets(Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars,Jupiter and Saturn) revolving around it. It also features the moon revolving around the Earth.

Google’s logo is clearly visible in the doodle. The third letter of Google’s logo ‘O’ is replaced by the Sun.

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