Tycho Brahe

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Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe

Personal ProfileTycho Brahe was born December 14, 1546 in Knutstorp Castle, scania, Denmark (now part of modern day Sweden). He was married to Kirstine Barbara Jørgensdatter until his death on October 24, 1601. He died due to mercury poisoning.

Conventional wisdom of the time While Tycho Brahe was alive most people believed that the heavens did not move and never changed. Also most people believed that space was composed of separate spheres and everything revolved around the earth.

New IdeaTycho Brahe’s new idea was that stars and planted did change/move. He discovered this by observing a supernova and mapping the planets. However, he did not believe that all planets in our solar system revolved around the sun. He thought five of the plants in the milky way revolved around the sun, and the rest revolved around the earth.

How was this new assertion first received? His new idea became popular with many people. Mainly those who wanted to leave the old ways behind and those who not ready to adopt the idea Nicolaus Copernicus. His idea was not met with much resistance. It was easier to adopt than other assertions like that of Nicolaus Copernicus.

How did this new assertion change our world? He proved that comets are not objects in the atmosphere, proved irregularities in the moons orbit, he built steps toward that all the planets in our galaxy revolved around the sun, and he made the work of Johannes Kepler possible.

Evaluation I believe that Tycho Brahe was extremely important to the field of astronomy and made countless future discoveries possible. He was incredibly gifted and what makes his accomplishment even more impressive is that all observations were done through the naked eye. However, I find it disappointing that he was not able to figure out that all of the planets in our galaxy revolve around the sun.

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