Tycho Brahe Facts

Tycho Brahe Facts
Tycho Brahe (December 14, 1546 to October 24, 1601) was a Danish astronomer, astrologer, and alchemist. He is best known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations.
Interesting Tycho Brahe Facts:
Tycho Brahe was born at Knutstorp Castle, his family's ancestral estate, in Svalov Denmark.
Brahe's father was an important person in the Danish court.
When Brahe was two he went to live with his uncle, Jorgen Thygesen Brahe in Tosterup Castle.
From 1552 to 1558 he attended a Latin school.
In 1559, at the age of 12, he entered the University of Copenhagen where he became interested in astronomy.
He was intrigued by the solar eclipse of August 21, 1560 and he began to make his own studies and observations.
He purchased a celestial ephemeris and several books on astronomy.
Brahe's uncle wanted his to study law and so sent him on a study tour of Europe in 1562.
On December 29, 1566 he fought a duel while a student at the University of Rostock in Germany.
The duel resulting in Brahe losing a part of his nose and he wore a replacement of metal for the rest of his life.
The injury did arouse an interest in medicine and alchemy.
As Brahe continued his studies in astronomy he realized the necessity of methodical, systematic observations.
He observed the sky night after night using the most accurate instruments he could find.
In some cases he improved existing instruments or invented new ones to suit his purposes.
Unfortunately the telescope was not available to him.
On November 11, 1572 he noted a very bright star that suddenly appeared in Cassiopeia.
This star is now named SN 1572 and is a supernova.
In 1573 he published De nova stella, in which he coined the term "nova."
In 1574 he published his observations from his first observatory at Herrevad Abbey.
In 1576 King Frederick II of Denmark funded an observatory for him on the island of Hven.
From 1576 to 1597 this observatory was a research center for almost 100 students.
He moved to Prague in 1599 and built a new observatory under the sponsorship of Rudolf II.
Brahe's assistant was the noted astronomer Johannes Kepler who inherited Brahe's books.
Kepler used Brahe's observations to formulate his laws of planetary motion and support his heliocentric model of the solar system.


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