Monday, November 15, 2010

Mystery Of 16th century astronomer's death

Astronomer Tycho Brahe discovered some of the mysteries of the universe in the 16th century. Now modern-day scientists are delving into the mystery of his sudden death.

An international team of scientists opened his tomb in the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn near Prague's Old Town Square, where the famous Dane has been buried since 1601.

Brahe's accurate stellar and planetary observations, which helped to lay the foundations of early modern astronomy, are well known and documented but the circumstances surrounding his death at age 54 are murky.

Brahe was born 1546 and in 1601, he was in Prague for the invitation of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II after having a disagreement with the Danish king and leaving his scientific observatory on the island of Hven.

There was a thought that Brahe would have died of a bladder infection. A famous legend said it was a result of his hesitation to break court etiquette during a reception by leaving for a toilet. Kidney disease was another suspected culprit.


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