Special Google doodle to mark Nicolaus Copernicus 540th birthday
Born on February 19, 1473 in Poland, Copernicus expounded the heliocentric theory that proved the sun lies at centre of the universe. The theory put an end to the notion that the sun revolves around the earth.
Today's Google doodle showcases sun at the centre of the universe and other planets revolving around it. The third letter of Google's logo 'O' is represented by the sun in the doodle.
Copernicus work 'De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium – On the revolutions of the celestial spheres' (first edition 1543 in Nuremberg) had created a controversy as not many astrologers during that time support his heliocentric theory.
"Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists," a Google webpage on doodles says.
Google celebrated India's 64th Republic Day this year by posting a doodle featuring an image of India's national animal tiger, while the iconic India Gate appeared at the lower left corner.
Netizens would recollect that a doodle recently featuring late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh greeted them on February 8. It was the search engine's way of paying tribute to the late singer on his 72nd birthday.
8 Planets in Solar SystemGeek | 19-Feb-2013Reply | Forward @ssss: There are only 8 planets in the solar system according to contemporary astronomy. The erstwhile "planet" Pluto was eliminated from the category of planets after the International Astronomical Union set new criteria to call a celestial body a planet. So get your facts cleared before you classify something as incorrect.
recheck the doodlessss | 19-Feb-2013Reply | Forward the doodle is incorrect actually there are 9 nine planets but in doodle we are able to see only 8 planets.
8 Planets in our Solar SystemSwaraj Mehta | 19-Feb-2013Reply | Forward There are eight planets, actually. Pluto ceased to be called a planet in 2006