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Yes. His system could not have accounted for the phases of the moon, lunar and solar eclipses and the retrograde motion of the planets. It also would have had trouble explaining why Mercury and Venus always appear near the sun instead of moving away from it as other planets do. Also Tycho Brahe used his naked eye for 20 years observing and plotting stars. Which Kepler then used to continue the scientific inquiry process.

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Q: Was there anything which the ancient Greeks could have observed with the naked eye which Philolaus astronomical system would not have been able to explain?
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