Tychonic worldview, 1708

Tychonic worldview, 1708

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This image is part of the sequence Space: Harmonica Macrocosmica cosmography

Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Tychonic worldview. This is plate 7 from the 1708 edition of the star atlas 'Harmonica Macrocosmica' by the Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665). It shows the geocentric worldview of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). The five known planets orbit the Sun, and the Moon and Sun orbit the Earth (eastern hemisphere shown). Celestial circles and the zodiac are shown. Astronomers and putti adorn the border. 'Harmonica Macrocosmica', first published in 1660, had 30 colour plates with Latin text. This edition was published in Amsterdam by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valk.

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