Tycho Brahe

Brahe and Contributions

    Tycho Brahe was born on December 14, 1546, the eldest son of Otto Brahe and Beatte Bille. Both were from families of high nobility. Besides being of a noble family, he took up the profession of astronomy. Tycho created many small instruments and tools that were later needed in the invention of the telescope. Using these instruments, he made note of several orbital anomalies, changed observational practice, and revolutionized astronomical instrumentation as a whole. He observed the movements of planets (particularly mars). This was data that greatly helped later astronomers build models of the solar system. Without these observations, Kepler wouldn’t have later discovered that planets move in elliptical orbits. He was also the first astronomer to make corrections for atmospheric refractions. Tycho made many great contributions to astronomy.

Works Cited

"The Galileo Project | Science | Tycho Brahe." The Galileo Project | Science | Tycho Brahe. Web. 03 Jan. 2015. <http://galileo.rice.edu/sci/brahe.html>.

"The Observations of Tycho Brahe." The Observations of Tycho Brahe. Web. 04 Jan. 2015. <http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr161/lect/history/brahe.html>.

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