Tycho Brahe

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Tycho Brahe was a famous astrologer and alchemist of the sixteenth century. Although Brahe was well known in his day, the works of Galileo and Copernicus have become more worldly known. He was born a Danish nobleman and became famous for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical observations. He is credited with the most accurate astronomical observations of his time, and the data was used by his assistant Kepler to derive the laws of planetary motion. The death of Tycho Brahe is a mystery in that no one is sure how he died.
Tycho Brahe was born Tyge Ottesen Brahe, but later changed his name when he was fifteen. He was born at his family's home of Knutstorp Castle, Denmark to Otte Brahe and Beate Bille. Otte Brahe, Tycho's father,... View More »

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However, in 1901 Tycho's tomb was opened and his remains were examined by medical experts. The nasal opening was rimmed with green, a sign of exposure to copper, not silver or gold(answers.com). Historians have guessed that he wore a number of different replacements for different occasions, since a copper nose would have been more comfortable and less heavy than one made of precious metals.
In 1572, in Knudstrup, Tycho fell in love with Kirsten Jorgensdatter, a commoner, whose father was the Lutheran clergyman of Knudstrup's village church. Under Danish law whenever a nobleman and a common woman lived together openly as husband and wife, and she wore the keys to the household at her belt like any true wife, their alliance became binding after three years(Christianson 13). The husband retained his noble status and privileges while the wife remained a commoner. Their children were legitimate in the eyes of the law, but they were commoners like their mother and could not inherit their father's name, coat of arms, or land property. Kirsten Jørgensdatter gave birth to their first daughter Kirstine. Who was named after Tycho's late sister who died at 13 . Together they had eight children, six of whom lived to adulthood. In 1574, they moved to Copenhagen where their daughter Magdalene was born. Kirsten and Tycho lived together for almost thirty years until Tycho's death.
On November 11, 1572, Tycho observed a very bright star which unexpectedly appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia, because it had been maintained since antiquity that the world beyond the Moon's orbit was ...

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