The Tycho Myth

The last couple of days have seen two astronomical anniversaries associated with the great Danish observational astronomer Tycho Brahe. Tycho first observed the super nova of 1572 from Herrevad Abbey in Southern Sweden on 11th November and five years later he first observed the great comet of 1577 from his observatory of Uraniborg on the island of Hven on 13th November. These two events have entered the folklore of the history of astronomy and their supposed impact has defined Tycho’s position in the pantheon of the astronomers who ushered in the new astronomy. Unfortunately most of what is said about them is false or at best distorted. [to read the real story go here]

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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