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Historical Astronomers In Context

a. Nicolas Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473 and died on May 24, 1543. Johannes Kepler was born on December 27, 1571 and died on November 15, 1630. Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546 and died on October 24, 1601. Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564 and died on January […] Continue reading

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Great Scientists of The Renaissance

Nicholas Copernicus(2/19/1473 – 5/24/1543) He put forward the heliocentric theory for the first time, believing that the sun is the center of the universe, which seriously impacted the views of the church at that time. Laid the foundation for the development of astronomy. Renaissance: The Renaissance occurred from the 14th century to the 16th century. This […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) – Source Isaac Newton was born December 25, 1642 and died March 20, 1727. He is one of the biggest and most influential figures in the history of humankind specifically in astronomy. He managed to change our understanding of the laws of motion and gravitation. Additionally, he made sense of our motion […] Continue reading

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On an Island (Not so) Far, Far Away

Photo: picture alliance / © Fine Art Images/Heritage Imag | © Fine Art Images/Heritage Images Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546–October 24, 1601) helped to recalibrate old, grossly inaccurate measurements of the stars and the predictions of their movements. He dedicated himself to finding more accurate measurements, and while conducting research at his observatory Uraniborg in […] Continue reading

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Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe was born in 1546 and died in 1601. Brahe! was famous because he was an incredibly meticulous nighttime observer who dedicated hours to documenting the positions of celestial objects. Brahe became known as the best astronomical observer. He was also known for his famous observation machine that rotated and allowed Brahe to track […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context!

Sir Isaac Newton was born on January 5, 1643 in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England to Hannah Ayscough and Isaac Newton Sr. During his lifetime he made enormous contributions of the field of physics, math and astronomy. He invented calculus jointly with Gottfried Leibniz (another famous mathematician), and created the theory of gravity. This work in the […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

The astronomer Tycho Brahe was born on December 14th, 1546 in Knutstorp Castle, Scania, Denmark–Norway and died on  October 24th, 1601 (aged 54) in Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia, Holy Roman Empire . You can find more info on him at the following website. During Brahe’s lifetime, Sir Francis Drake became a part of the third […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Chosen Astronomer Galileo Galilei was born on February 15, 1564, in Pisa, Italy. He died on January 8, 1642, in Arcetri, Italy. You can find more great information about him here. Historical events The first Japanese invasion of Korea happened in 1592. As a response, Ming China sent an army to Korea to ward off […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Galileo was born in Italy on February 15, 1564 and died in January of 1642 after several years on house arrest. However, conversations of his life’s work has spanned centuries. I have come to know him once again as I am in a class on Galileo and his trials. Within the conversations on modern day […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context – Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton was born on January 4, 1643 and died on March 31, 1727. He contributed immensely to the study of astronomy, as he invented the reflecting telescope, calculus, and the theory of gravitation. His contributions to both science and mathematics truly bolstered the pursuit of astronomy and cemented him as one of, if not, […] Continue reading

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