Galileo's Battle for the Heavens

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NOVA: Over 400 years ago, there were two very different visions of the cosmos. The prevailing theory, embraced by the Catholic Church, was that the Earth lay at the centre of the universe. In 1543, astronomer Nicholas Copernicus controversially suggested that the sun lay at the centre with the Earth just one of many planets in orbit around it. But as the 16th century drew to a close, it was the Italian Galileo Galilei who ultimately changed our perception of man's place in the universe. Part 1 of 2.