Who first hypothesized that the Earth revolves around the sun?



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         The Greek astronomer and mathematician Aristarchus of Samos first hypothesized that the earth revolves around the sun in the second century BCE. His theory was rejected for 1800 years until it was revived by Copernicus and developed by scientists such as Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton. 

         Italian mapmaker Giovanni Riccioli named a crater on the moon after Aristarchus in his 1651 work Almagestum Novum (New Almagest).

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