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A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos by Dava Sobel

Former New York Times science reporter Dava Sobel made her name in 1995 with Longitude, about the 18th-century clockmaker Richard Harrison and his revolutionary method for accurately mapping the globe. In her fourth book, she takes a closer look at the man who charted its progress through space.
Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473 in the city of Torun, part of Old Prussia in the Kingdom of Poland.

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Nicolaus Copernicus (German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Italian: Nicoḷ Copernico; Polish: Mikolaj Kopernik; in his youth, Niclas Koppernigk; 19 February 1473 - 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology which displaced the Earth from the center of the universe.
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Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose work was condemned by the Catholic Church as heretical, will be reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave.
His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age.

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Poland will officially honour the Renaissance astronomer with a reburial ceremony at a small town in north eastern Poland, in the province of Warmian-Masurian.
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On this day, in 1473, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.

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Preparations are in their final stage at Copernicus' birthplace in Torun for the astronomer's re-burial, 467 years after his death.
Copernicus's skull and leg bones which were discovered four years ago during excavations at the Frombork Cathedral - where he made key celestial observations - will be brought to Torun tomorrow.
A solemn mass will be celebrated at the northern Polish city's Cathedral.

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The remains of Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, excavated in 2005 by archaeologists in north-eastern Poland, are to be re-buried next year, a church spokesman said Monday.
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Genetic testing has confirmed the identity of Nicolaus Copernicus' remains, and suggests that modern astronomy's father had bright blue eyes.
His bones were found four years ago under a Roman Catholic cathedral in Frombork, Poland. Forensic reconstruction of the skull suggested a resemblance to Copernicus. The bones' DNA matched the DNA of hairs found in a book that had belonged to him.

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A copy of Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) has been sold at Christie's auction house in New York. The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, paid 2.21 million dollars for the work, more than twice the bidding price.

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