Born December 27, 1571 in Weil der Stad, Germany.
Died November 15, 1630 in Regensburg, Germany.
In 1576 the family moved to Leonberg where Johannes attended first the German School and then the Latin School.
Kepler was introduced to astronomy at an early age, and developed a love for it that would span his entire life. At age six he saw the "Great Comet of 1577".
His grandmother was tried in the Salem Witch Trials and was sentenced to death.
Because Kepler was so fascinated with the ways that planetary bodies would move, he knew that he’d need a better telescope to be able to observe the motion that could be seen in the sky.
He also realized that just watching the planetary bodies move would be an inefficient tracking system, so he invented the Kepler Telescope to provide a better tracking system.
When Johannes Kepler was born in the late sixteenth century, scientists believed that planets in the solar system traveled in circular orbits around the Earth.
But Kepler not only adamantly defended the idea that planets orbit the sun, he also revealed that their paths were not perfect circles.
While Copernicus rightly observed that the planets revolve around the Sun, it was Kepler who correctly defined their orbits.
Kepler's research helped us understand a lot more about planetary motion and where other celestial bodies lie in the known Universe.
Kepler's work really changed the way we view the universe today. He took the information that many thought was impossible, and changed it into fact.
His heroics have been noticed by many, including Isaac Newton, who referred to Kepler's work on his writing of the laws of Gravity.
Kepler and Brahe in Prague, Czech Republic.
Kepler is a hero, a model, and one of the greatest scientists of all history.
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