"To celebrate 2009 International Year of Astronomy, this documentary looks at the originally highly controversial theory of 1542 that the sun - not the earth - was the centre of the universe. Polish astronomer Copernicus presented his idea about the moving earth that year: a highly controversial notion that strongly challenged the position of the Church. The program tells the story of how this new picture of the universe came into existence. It took centuries and a fierce battle with the Church and its outdated presumptions, often with tragic consequences for the scientists involved. But the collective work of a network of natural scientists of the Renaissance, finally led to a new recognition. Copernicus' idea was followed by Tycho Brahe's groundbreaking research, Kepler's proof that planets travel in elliptical orbits, Galileo's first telescopic observations and finally Isaac Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation"--SBS website.