The Astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus

1026 Words Jan 27th, 2018 4 Pages
But I bet you didn’t realize that you weren’t the first person to wonder this. Most of everyone back in 1400s actually believed that the Earth was the center of the universe. But there was a select few of people who thought differently. One of those people, was Nicolaus Copernicus. Nicolaus Copernicus came into the world on February 19th, 1473 in Torun, Poland. He was the fourth and youngest child born to Nicolaus Copernicus Sr. and Barbara Watzenrode, an affluent copper merchant family. When Copernicus was 10 years of age, his father died. His mother’s brother, Bishop of Varmia Lucas Watzenrode, took the place as a father figure. Copernicus attended the University of Cracow in 1491. He studied many subjects, such as painting and mathematics. Even though he did not take an astronomy class yet, his interest in the cosmos grew. He began to collect books about astronomy. When Copernicus graduated from the Cracow in 1494, he traveled back to his home town of Torun to work as a canon. For all of you who do not know, a canon is a person in a clergy who works with the Church. He ended up holding on to the job for the rest of his life, even though it was only available to priests. Copernicus was very lucky to have this job because it gave him the chance to fund his studies of the stars. He was only able the study the stars on his own time because his job required a lot of…