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Googling is giving me both Galileo Galilei and Nicolas Copernicus as the answer. I am sorry and will remove this question if it is an opinion based question.

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    $\begingroup$ It is opinion based, I'm afraid. What constitutes "modern astronomy" and who is the "father" of it are not things that can be decided in any other way. $\endgroup$ – adrianmcmenamin Jun 17 '17 at 12:47
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    $\begingroup$ If we must name someone, then IMO it's either Einstein or Hubble. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Jun 17 '17 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ I like the Hubble answer. I'd define modern astronomy as the discovery that the Universe extended beyond the Milky way. Einstein was obviously huge. I might call him the father of modern science. (Opinion based, obviously). Fritz Zwicky isn't a bad answer for the father of modern astronomy either. $\endgroup$ – userLTK Jun 17 '17 at 18:31
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I would say Copernicus. He did his work maybe 100 years earlier and formulated the heliocentric view of the universe.

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