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34_brahe_kepler - Lesson 34: Brahe & Kepler Tycho Brahe...

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Lesson 34: Brahe & Kepler Tycho Brahe (1546 – 1601) Born in modern day Sweden, Tycho Brahe was not satisfied with the imperfections he saw in the measurements of stars and planets. Most where in fact from a book written by an ancient Greek named Ptolemy about 1400 years earlier! Brahe was sure that he could do better calculations. To finance an observatory Brahe became buddy-buddy with Frederick II, King of Denmark! Frederick II liked Brahe’s ideas so much that he gave him an entire island called Hven off the coast of Denmark. That way Brahe would be away from all the bright city lights. He also gave Brahe the money to build the observatory on the island, which was named Uraniborg ("Fortress of the Heavens"). Brahe spent the next twenty years at Uraniborg making observations that were more precise and detailed than any that had ever been done before. Finally, Frederick II died and Brahe couldn’t convince the new king Christian IV to support his work. Uranienborg was shut down and Brahe moved away to live near Prague. Before he could completely finish building a new observatory Brahe
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2011 for the course PHYSICS 235 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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34_brahe_kepler - Lesson 34: Brahe & Kepler Tycho Brahe...

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