Earth-Centered World Views in Classical Europe

  • Nick Kanas
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


Two major world views predominated in early European astronomy: the geocentric model, which placed the Earth in the center of the universe, and the heliocentric model, which placed the Sun in the center. There also were hybrid models where some of the planets revolved around the Sun, but the Sun and its retinue and possibly some of the other planets revolved around the Earth (the so-called geoheliocentric world view). All of the stars and even God’s heaven surrounded the central Earth or Sun, and there was no real separation between our Sun and planets and the rest of the universe until the 17th Century.


World View Lunar Eclipse Heavenly Body Autumnal Equinox Spring Equinox 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Kanas
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoU.S.A

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