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Copernican worldview, 1708

Copernican worldview. This is plate 5 from the 1708 edition of the star atlas Harmonica Macrocosmica by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). It shows the Sun-centred (heliocentric) worldview of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543, lower right). Circling the Sun are Mercury, Venus, Earth (with the Moon and Earth phases), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the zodiac. First published in 1660, Harmonica Macrocosmica had 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk

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1600s 1660 1700s 1708 1708 Edition 17th Century 18th Century Andreas Cellarius Autumn Constellations Copernican System Cosmogonical Cosmogony Cosmography Cosmological Cosmology Dutch German Harmonica Macrocosmica Heliocentric Jupiter Latin Text Mars Mercury Moon Nicolaus Copernicus Orbit Orbits Planets Polish Saturn Schenk Season Seasons Solar System Spring Star Atlas Universe Valk Venus Winter Zodiac Zodiacal Plate 5 Scenography Worldview


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This print showcases plate 5 from the 1708 edition of Harmonica Macrocosmica, a star atlas created by Andreas Cellarius. The artwork beautifully depicts the Copernican worldview, which revolutionized our understanding of the universe. At its center lies the Sun, representing Nicolaus Copernicus' heliocentric model. Encircling it are Mercury, Venus, Earth (accompanied by its moon and phases), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the zodiac. Originally published in 1660 with Latin text and vibrant illustrations across 30 plates, this particular edition was brought to life in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk. It offers a glimpse into the astronomical knowledge of that era. The image transports us back to an era when scientific exploration was flourishing amidst European scholars. It serves as a testament to humanity's relentless pursuit of understanding our place within the cosmos. As we admire this historical masterpiece, we are reminded of how far we have come in unraveling the mysteries of space since Cellarius' time. This artwork not only represents a pivotal moment in scientific history but also stands as a tribute to those who dared challenge conventional wisdom for the sake of progress. With its intricate details and celestial beauty captured on paper centuries ago, this print invites us to appreciate both artistry and science intertwined—a visual representation that continues to inspire awe even today.

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