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Johannes Kepler, German astronomer Featured Johannes Kepler Print

Johannes Kepler, German astronomer

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), German astronomer, holding a divider used to plot distances. Kepler devised three fundamental laws of planetary motion. These laws were based on detailed observations of the planets made by himself and the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. Kepler's first law states that the planets orbit the Sun in elliptical paths, with the Sun at one focus of the ellipse. The second law states that the closer a planet comes to the Sun, the faster it moves. Kepler's third law states that the ratio of the cube of a planet's mean distance from the Sun to the square of its orbital period is a constant. Newton used these ideas to formulate his theory of gravity

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Keplers cosmological model, artwork Featured Johannes Kepler Print

Keplers cosmological model, artwork

Kepler's cosmological model. Historical artwork by the German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) that demonstrates the relative distances of the planets from the sun in the Copernican system. Copernicus' system, a revolutionary new heliocentric (sun-centred) theory, had been published in 1543, the year of his death. Initially it caused little controversy but Kepler became an advocate and published a supporting work, The Cosmographic Mystery (1597), in which this illustration was published. The work put forward the idea that the distances of the planets from the Sun were determined by the five regular solids seen here, if one supposed that a planet's orbit was circumscribed about one solid and inscribed in another

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Johannes Kepler, caricature Featured Johannes Kepler Print

Johannes Kepler, caricature

Johannes Kepler. Caricature of the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), holding a model of a cube to represent his theories of the planetary orbits. Kepler first worked out the laws of planetary motion, which still bear his name. Using Copernicus' heliocentric model of the solar system, along with Tycho Brahe's data on the position of the planets, he found that planets orbit the Sun on elliptical paths with the Sun at one focus, that the area swept out by a planet is the same regardless of where it is in its orbit, and that a planet's orbital period is proportional to the long axis of its orbit to the power of 3/2. He thought the planetary distances were based on the sizes of nested Platonic solids, which include this cube

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