NOTE: Heliocentricity first hypothesized by Aristarchus of Samos (c. 310-230 BCE)
NOTE: Martianus Capella (c. 400 CE) and Tycho Brahe (1546-1601 CE) had hybrid geocentric models which were variously favored before Kepler’s discoveries.
NOTE: This can be demonstrated if we superimpose north and south America on a 15th century map. We can see the estimated distance between Europe and China would have placed it only a few hundred miles off the west coast of North America. Japan would be located in central/western Mexico.