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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (Dec. 14, 1546 – Oct. 24,1601) Perhaps Tycho Brahe’s most significant contribution to astronomy was his ability to disprove an accepted belief regarding the ability of celestial objects to change.  At the time, the accepted idea was that stars, planets, etc. were “unchangeable.”  However, Tycho Brahe’s observation of a 1572 supernova shattered this…

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Tycho Brahe (14 December 1546 – 24 October 1601) was the master of unassisted observational astronomy. A major portion of this was due to his building of the observatory and castle Uraniborg. Uraniborg was designed inside and out to collect the most precise measurements known at the time. Possibly though, more important was that he […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Tycho Brahe in Context

Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546 and died on October 24, 1601. These dates are converted to the Gregorian Calendar, as the Gregorian Calendar was established during his lifetime. Tycho Brahe made vast improvements to the instruments of measurement used in the study of astronomy. He was a pioneer in observational astronomy in … Continue reading Tycho Brahe in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546 – October 24, 1601) – As one of the last of the naked-eye observers, Brahe juggled the ideas of the Copernican system and the Ptolemaic system, using his own research to develop his own model known as the Tychonic system.  Although he was unable to discover the fact that the … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Tycho Brahe in Context

Tycho Brahe (14 December 1546 – 24 October 1601) was a naked-eye astronomer who observed planetary motion, and his work was largely centered around improving measurements. Although his own model of the solar system proved to be inaccurate, his observations provided important information that set the foundation for future astronomers to construct more accurate models. … Continue reading Tycho Brahe in Context Continue reading Continue reading

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Tycho Brahe – Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546 – October 24, 1601) was an incredible naked-eye astronomer, whose observations far eclipsed other data of his time. Although Tycho’s own geocentric model of the solar system held no water, the data he collected paved the way for other astronomers to develop improved models of the solar system. In particular, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Nicholas Copernicus was born on February 19th, 1473 at a country of Torun, Royal Prussia, Poland. He died on May 24th, 1543 at Frauenburg, East Prussia. Johannes Kepler was born on December 27th, 1571 at Weil der Stadt Wurttemberg (Germany). He died on November 15th, 1630 at Regensburg. Tycho Brahe was born on December 14th, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Some Context…

I thought to start out the semester, I would look back and provide a little context for myself and everyone else as to how we as humans used to do astronomy. I learned some of the basics of the history of astronomy in a class called the Scientific Revolution. We discussed some of the big […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Historical Astronomers in Context

Tycho Brahe (Dec. 14, 1546 – Oct. 24,1601) One of Brahe’s most acclaimed achievements was the observation of a supernova in 1572.  He used this event, along with a later observation of a comet, to refute the widely-accepted idea of celestial immutability.  Yet Brahe’s most important contributions to astronomy existed in the seemingly-mundane.  He recorded…

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Historical Astronomers in Context: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546 and he died on October 24, 1601. During the time of Tycho’s life, two significant historical events (among others) occurred. In 1560’s Europe, there was a great famine in which roughly 50% of all born infants would die within twelve months. The average life expectancy was about 45 years old. Also, In … Continue reading Historical Astronomers in Context: Tycho Brahe Continue reading Continue reading

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