Top 10 Astronomers
- Galileo (1564-1642) - Published evidence that sun was centre of galaxy rather than earth.
- Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543) - One of first astronomers to work on a heliocentric view of universe.
- Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) - Among other things discovered third law of astronomy.
- Claudius Ptolemaeus (c90 - 168) one of the chief writers of astronomy in ancient times to have writings survive.
- Isaac Newton (1643-1727) - One of the greatest scientists of all time. Newton made his own concave mirror to develop an improved telescope. Newton also developed his universal law of gravity which helped him to calculate the force which kept planets in orbit. His models and theories provide the base for all cosmological models.
- Edmund Halley (1656-1742) - Halley was a gifted mathematician who won acclaim in 1676 for mapping 341 stars in the southern hemisphere. A contemporary of Isaac Newton, Edmund persuaded Newton to write his groundbreaking - Principia Mathematica. Halley also had a comet named after him after predicting that a comet which appeared in 1456, 1531, 1607 and 1682 were one and the same.
- Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) While working at the Mount Wilson observatory, Hubble made a create discovered stars which were in a galaxy of their own. He also discovered that the universe was constantly expanding and stars were constantly moving away from each other.
- Karl Jansky (1905-1950) - Whilst working at Bell Telephone laboratories, Karl found a new kind of static emanating from the constellation, Sagittarious, which lies at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.
- Tyco Brae (1546-1601) - One of the great astronomeurs of the pre-telescope age. Plotted 777 stars with great accuracy.
- Sir Patrick Moore - Certainly helped to popularise the science with his enthusiasm for the stars. Produced one of the longest running TV programmes of all time - the Stars at Night on BBC.
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