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Historical Astronomers in Context

Johannes Kepler was born on December 27, 1571, and died on November 15, 1630. He was crucial for advances in Astronomy as he discovered that the Earth and planets travel the sun in elliptical orbits. Furthermore, he also created three laws (called Kepler’s Law’s) that were integral to planetary motion. These laws stated that the […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Astronomer The astronomer I chose to focus on was Sir Isaac Newton, one of the smartest people to ever live. Historical Events The 2 historical events during the lifetime of Newton I chose to cover were the London Plague and the founding of the Pennsylvania colony. While the 2nd didn’t have nearly as much of […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (14 December 1546 – 24 October 1601) Tycho’s contributions to astronomy began when he made improvements to the inaccurate prediction models of Ptolemy and Copernicus. Despite not having the benefit of a telescope, he was able to raise the bar of accurate celestial observations and even mapped the location of over 700 stars. […] Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers

1.A.Nicholas Copernicus | February 19, 1473 – May 24, 1543Johannes Kepler | December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630Tycho Brahe | December 14, 1546 – October 24, 1601Galileo Galilei | February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642Isaac Newton | January 4, 1643 – March 31, 1727 (year often debated sincecalendars were in change at this […] Continue reading

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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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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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