Explain the importance of Tycho's conclusions about the comet of 1577 with respect to the...
Explain the importance of Tycho's conclusions about the comet of 1577 with respect to the Ptolemaic system.
The Ptolemaic system argued that the Earth was at the center of the universe and that all celestial bodies revolved around it. Tycho's observations of the comet of 1577 and the elliptical path of its orbit suggested that the Earth was not the center of the universe, and this observation helped to challenge the Ptolemaic system.
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The Ptolemaic system, which was the prevailing model of the solar system at the time, was contested by Tycho Brahe's observations of the comet of...
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