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TYCHO OTTESEN BRAHE
TYCHO OTTESEN BRAHE
Scania, Denmark (1546 - 1601)
Tycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman famed for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. Hailing from Scania, then part of Denmark, now part of modern-day Sweden, Brahe was well known in his lifetime as an astronomer and alchemist.
 

Enjoy these insightful and educational video clips drawn from over 70 hours of interviews with the world's leading figures in astronomy, shot during the filming of 400 Years of the Telescope.

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Gibor Basri

Stellar and planet formation
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

So if you lived in one of these systems near the star, you would get essentially the same kind of thing that we have here in our own solar system. That is to say the region of sky where planets would form would be in a band in the sky just like all our planets move in a band around our sun. And because these disks form along with the star, the whole cloud that makes both the star and the disk collapses together so everything’s moving in the same direction.

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Gibor Basri

Why I became an astronomer
Gibor Basri - University of California, Berkeley

Like many astronomers, I think I got interested in astronomy as a kid. I can remember being very interested by the time I was 7 or 8 years old.

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Steven Beckwith

After the Hubble repairs
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

I think frankly a lesson for us is, Hubble was not just designed to be fixed in space, but it was designed to be improved. So the same astronauts that went up and fixed it could go up and could swap instruments out, and improve it.

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Steven Beckwith

My astronomical hero
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

There are so many, I couldn’t pick just one. I could mention some names, obviously Galileo was a tremendous inspiration to us all, as was Hubble...

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Steven Beckwith

Instrumentation: Detectors
Steven Beckwith - Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI

Nowadays we can create detectors, which can capture essentially all of the light falling on them and record it, which is an enormous advance.

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