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Science keeps evolving as observations are corrected

This 2006 illustration based on images gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the largest-known Kuiper Belt objects. Xena is slightly larger than Pluto, once considered a planet.
Photographer: NASA
This 2006 illustration based on images gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope shows the largest-known Kuiper Belt objects. Xena is slightly larger than Pluto, once considered a planet.
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It can be easy to look back over the roughly 3,000-year history of science and astronomy and see where our predecessors made some unfortunate mistakes that delayed the advancement of science. When long-held beliefs or assumptions were not questioned and rigorous experiments and observations were not carried out, science did not progress. Regrettably, it did not move forward for almost 1,500 years. Science can be difficult to define. In Latin, scientia means “knowledge” but not ...

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