Back in the day, it used to be a lot harder for scientists to be scientists because the catholic church was really worried about people losing faith in the master creator. A few of these renegade scientists used to sit around candlelit tables in dark basements with properly soundproofed walls and speak in sharp whispering debates about the inner workings of the natural world. While we know nothing of their superhero uniforms or the sorts of drinking games they would play after all the science stuff was decided, we do know that one guy found a way to slip heliocentrism under the radar with this little gem:
This one, thrown at us by Tycho Brahe in the late 16th c. (thanks wikipedia) proposes that even though the earth is like, definitely the center of the universe you guys, there probably is at least a little bit of some reason behind thinking that the other planets out there might orbit the sun. Tycho Brahe, science wiz and devout catholic that he was, decided to merge these two little theories together in a way that probably wouldn’t get him tortured to the point of renouncing science altogether and then excommunicated from the church anyway. This one is like a tie between science and god. Nobody gets hurt and everybody gets a participation award.
“No seriously, pope, it’s like, I know everything revolves around the earth, because that’s just how it is and everything, but maybe… I mean, just stay with me here for a second… Maybe everything else revolves around the sun and then just, all of that stuff revolves around the earth. Right? Sir?”
A+, Tycho. Couldn’t have done it without you.