Model of the Universe (page 2)

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Author: Janice VanCleave

For Further Investigation

Although Copernicus and Ptolemy believed their models represented the entire universe, they mainly attempted to explain the relationship between objects in our solar system (a group of celestial bodies that orbits a star is called a sun). A project question might be, How does Copernicus's model of the universe compare with the modern model of our solar system?

Clues for Your Investigation

  1. Research and find out about Copernicus's model as well as the modern model of our solar system.
  2. Use the materials list from the original experiment to prepare representations of Copernicus's model of the universe and the modern model of the solar system. Display the ancient and modern models and describe the differences between them.


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