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Who discovered that the sun was at the center of the solar system?

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2014-01-03 17:10:42
2014-01-03 17:10:42

Nobody "discovered" that the Sun was at the centre of the Solar system.

Aristarchus of Samos, a greek philosopher and astronomer (310BC-230BC) first presented the theory that the Sun was at the centre of the solar system (heliocentrism) but his ideas were rejected in favour of the theories of Ptolemy and Aristotle that the Earth was at the centre (geocentrism).

Copernicus (1473-1543) re-raised, developed and published the heliocentric theory in the 16th Century (nearly 1800 years after Aristarchus). It was a contentious issue, and the heliocentric theory was supported by Galileo (1564-1642) but he was persecuted (tried by the Roman Church's inquisition and found guilty of heresy) till he died.
Aristarchus of Samos, a Greek astronomer and mathematician about 2400 years ago.

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