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Unformatted text preview: mathematically equivalent to Copernicus' model but did not violate Scripture and common sense. Tycho calculated that if the Earth moved, then the stars are at least 700 times farther away from Saturn than Saturn is from Sun. Since Tycho felt that God would not waste that much space in a harmonious, elegant universe, he believed that the Earth was at the center of the universe. Astronomers now know that the nearest star is over 28,500 times farther away than Saturn is from the Sun! Though Tycho's beliefs of the universe did not have that much of an effect on those who followed him, his exquisite observations came to play a key role in determining the true motion of the planets by Johannes Kepler. Tycho was one of the best observational astronomers who ever lived. Without using a telescope, Tycho was able to measure the positions of the planets to within a few arc minutes---a level of precision and accuracy that was at least ten times better than anyone had obtained before!...
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