One wouldn’t think anyone had to point that out, but physicist Christopher Graney does a good job at Aeon:
… Yes, [an opponent] said, a moving Earth messes with certain Biblical passages, like Joshua telling the Sun to stand still. But it also messes with certain astronomical terms, such as sunrise and sunset. Copernicans had work-arounds for all that, Locher said, even though they might be convoluted. What Copernicans could not work around, though, were the scientific arguments against their theory. Indeed, Locher even proposed a mechanism to explain how Earth could orbit the Sun (a sort of perpetual falling – this decades before Isaac Newton would explain orbits by means of perpetual falling), but he said it would not help the Copernicans, on account of the other problems with their theory.
What were those problems? A big one was the size of stars in the Copernican universe. More.
Advice: When Bimbette Fluffarelli at Airhead TV announces that all opposition to Galileo was religious, 1) change the channel 2) cancel your subscription 3) advise the network to either quit offering pop science or improve the brand quality. We have the internet now.
See also: Galileo’s trial: What really happened
Copernicus, you are not going to believe who is using your name. Or how.
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