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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 monument, artwork Featured Johannes Kepler Print

Johannes Kepler monument, artwork

Johannes Kepler monument. Artwork of the monument and statue to the German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), erected in his birthplace of Weil der Stadt, Germany. This monument, by the sculptor August Kreling, was erected in 1870. The smaller statues around the base are of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (at front), the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, Kepler's teacher Michael Mastlin, and the Swiss astronomical instrument maker Jost Burgi. Kepler supported the Copernican system and worked closely with Brahe and Burgi on work that led to the three fundamental laws of planetary motion

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