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By Leila Belkora

This present day, we settle for that we are living on a planet circling the sunlight, that our sunlight is only one of billions of stars within the galaxy we name the Milky manner, and that our galaxy is yet one in every of billions born out of the large bang. but as lately because the early 20th century, most of the people or even astronomers had obscure and pressured notions approximately what lay past the obvious stars.

Minding the Heavens: the tale of Our Discovery of the Milky manner is set how scientists found that we lived in a galaxy, in truth, a universe jam-packed with galaxies. This attention-grabbing tale of the invention of our personal and different galaxies is informed throughout the lives of 7 astronomers: Thomas Wright, William Herschel, Wilhelm Struve, William Huggins, Jacobus Kapteyn, Harlow Shapley, and Edwin Hubble. each one contributed enormously to our current figuring out of the place we are living within the cosmos. throughout the technological know-how and lives of those seven humans, every one formed through their relations, associates, and contemporaries, we stick with this remarkable tale of discovery. From the mid 1700s with Thomas Wright via to the mid twentieth century with the extra prevalent names of Shapley and Hubble, every one personality bringing us closer to our current knowing of the Universe.

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