The Changing Nature of Science Over Time: The Solar System

In this particular article, I am going to speak to you about some of the different things that have changed over time that have to deal with our solar systems. There are a lot of different aspects to the Solar System that no one actually understands, but it is extremely important that we know and understand the world not only around us but in space as well.

The Ptolemaic Theory

Throughout the centuries, there have been many types of theories surrounding space and our solar system. The Ptolemaic Theory was one of the original theories that science came up with to explain our solar system. It stated that the earth was the central part of the solar system, and that everything revolved around it rather than the sun. Another part of this theory was that there was nothing outside of our solar system. Which meant that other than Earth, the planets, and Sun, there was nothing else out there.

The Copernican Revolution

The Ptolemaic Theory was widely accepted by civilizations until the early 1600s, when a Polish astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus was able to prove that the Earth was not the center of the universe, but that the Sun was, and that the Earth and the other planets within our solar system were revolving around it instead. The change of view from the Ptolemaic Theory to the Copernican Revolution was a major change and scientific discovery that took centuries to take place.

Pluto: Planet or Not a Planet

For years and years, teachers and the education system taught children that our solar system consisted of the Sun and nine planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This was widely accepted until scientists discovered that Pluto was actually not a planet. It help none of the characteristics once studying it closer to be able to classify it as a planet.

An Historical Even that has Changed our Scientific Understanding of an Aspect of the Natural World was the Earthquake and Tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004

This particular event made a lot of people realize just how small we are compared to nature. Back in 2004 the largest Earthquake ever recorded, which was a 9.1 on the Richter scale, happened off of the coast of Indonesia. This event was historical not only because of the earthquake, but because of the Tsunami that it caused to sweep over Indonesia.

The main aspect of this particular natural disaster that I felt changed our understanding of the natural world was the fact that even though we knew earthquakes and tsunamis are possible, this particular one showed just how destructive the natural world can be. By the end of the day, there were over 150,000 people either dead or missing, and there were millions upon millions of people that were left without homes or anything for that matter. This Earthquake also gave scientists an opportunity to really study the effects that underwater earthquakes have on the surfacing water of oceans and gulfs.

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