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    On 11 Aug 2003 05:33:31 +0200, Astro Instructor
    <current.resident@sci.astro.com> wrote:
    MAJOR SNIP...

    Amazing!
    The same message, posted at least three times.
    Desperation time?
    Or, just more of your normal rudeness?
    ---Mac

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    In article <FZAUIE0P37844.2304513889@Gilgamesh-frog.org>,
    current.resident@sci.astro.com says...

    What? No jokes on fact #5? I'm disappointed. That baby's loaded.

    -Chris swartz

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    I have no idea who you are, but I think it is safe to say the following:

    People far smarter than you and I developed the idea that the earth is at
    the center of the universe, and that all the planets, the sun, and the stars
    revolve around the earth. They did this over the course of hundreds, or
    thousands of years, through observation and measurement. They arrived at
    this conclusion because that is what it looks like. The planets do not
    OBVIOUSLY orbit the sun. If it was so obvious, then Ptolemy, who was a
    brilliant man, would have observed it. The question to ask yourself is:
    what would the sky look like if the sun, moon, and stars did revolve around
    the earth? The answer is, it would look nearly identical to what we observe
    now.

    It took many years of careful and precise measurement, by Tycho Brahe, to
    gather the data that Nicholas Copernicus used to determine that the planets
    revolve around the sun. It required Brahe, Copernicus, Keppler, and Newton
    to work out the laws of planetary motion. Newton even had to invent a new
    branch of mathematics. Isaac Newton, probably the greatest genius who ever
    lived, never thought that it was obvious.

    We now know that the principles of astrology are not scientifically
    accurate, but that has taken many years, many centuries of human study and
    toil, the development of the scientific method, the development of more open
    societies, the decline of religious power, and development of many modern
    technologies. To say that the modern scientific view of the universe is
    obvious is very arrogant, and OBVIOUSLY, incorrect.



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    On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 13:31:25 -0700, "James Carr"
    <jhcarr830@mindspring.com> wrote:



    Danny Min is an idiot, and the worlds worst prophet.




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    On Thu, 14 Aug 2003 13:31:25 -0700, James Carr <jhcarr830@mindspring.com> wrote:


    This isn't quite right. Copernicus died before Tycho Brahe made a single
    observation. I don't think the systems Copernicus came up with were
    any better at predicting planetary positions than were some of the earth
    centered systems because Copernicus used circular rather than eliptical
    orbits.

    Tycho Brahe had his wrong ideas which still included the earth as the
    center of the universe, but fortunately from his accurate observations,
    Kepler was able to work out a more accurate picture of the solar system.

    Isaac

 

 

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