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Somnium, or The Dream, was written by German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler early in the 17th Century as a serious lunar study and declaration of support for Copernican astronomy disguised as a work of fiction. The Copernican model, placing the sun at the center of the solar system, was at that point in history facing great contention from the Church, and Kepler thought it prudent to wreath his astronomical observations in the guise of a fantastical occult tale and to then attempt ...more