Appealing to the Infinite: Philips Lansbergen and the Battling Star-Armies of God

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A post by Chris Graney on The Catholic Astronomer website. “Why would a prominent Copernican, writing twenty years after the advent of the telescope, call the stars ‘the armies of God’? The answer to that is simple. He needed an explanation for why the stars were so giant…” The early Copernicans could not explain a lack of visible parallax in star positions except, ironically, by appealing to divine intervention.

Click here to read the full article on The Catholic Astronomer – the blog of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.