Philatelic exhibition Polska '73

Fischer 2047 (Sheet 45) | Michel Sheet 52 | Scott B127 | Year of issue 1972 | People's Republic of Poland

International philatelic exhibition Polska '73 in Poznań, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikołaj Kopernik (Copernicus).

Sheet 45
The Copernican atlas of the heavens
according to an engraving from the book "Harmonia macrocosmica" by Andreas Cellarius
The planisphere of Copernicus, or Copernicus' hypothesis of the entire universe, in a planar view

Click the sheet to see the colour plate from Harmonia macrocosmica


Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1543), Polish astronomer who discovered that the sun, not the earth, is the center of our solar system.
The celestial chart illustrates the sun-centered solar system by Copernicus. The map has the sun in the center whith the planets orbiting around it in circles. The Earth is shown with its moon and its path around it. The planet Jupiter is shown with four moons (Jupiter has four large moons, discovered by Galileo, and almost sixty smaller ones have been discovered so far).
Andreas Cellarius (1595 1665), Dutch-German cartographer.


Światowa wystawa filatelistyczna = International philatelic exhibition.
Exposition philatelique mondiale (French) = International philatelic exhibition.
Polska '73 Poznań = Poland '73 Poznań.
500 lecie urodzin Mikołaja Kopernika = 500 years birth of Mikołaj Kopernik.
Planisphaerium Copernicanum sive systema universi totius creati ex hypothesi Copernicana in plano exhibitum (Latin) = Copernican planisphere, or the system of the entire universe according to the Copernican hypothesis, displayed in a plane.

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Art exhibition

Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus)
Andreas Cellarius
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Solar system
Planetary orbit