Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer

Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), Danish astronomer, portrayed aged 40 on a pedestal with astronomical instruments and a Latin inscription. Brahe is considered the greatest astronomical observer of the pre-telescopic era. The son of a nobleman, he designed and built his own instruments and observatories with the patronage of the royalty of Europe. Brahe's two greatest achievements were the observation of a supernova in 1572 and his life's work, a catalogue of 777 star positions. This artwork by Philipp Andreas Kilian (1714-1759) is from Historia Coelestis (1666) by the German astronomer Albert Curtz (1600–1671).

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