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Why do we call Tycho Brahe by his first name?

The short answer is that this is how he referred to himself. He was born Tyge Otteson Brahe but at the age of 15 (1561) changed 'Tyge' to Latinized 'Tycho', see Redd's biography of Tycho and Thoren's ...
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Origin of the word "de" in the name of Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe

The earliest use of "de Brahe" I have found is in a letter in German dated 26 July 1589, by one of Brahe's royal admirers, William IV, Landgrave of Hesse (1532-1592), reprinted by Brahe in ...
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Did Caroline Herschel know about the discovery of Neptune?

The answer is yes, she did know. Remarkably she was informed of the news mere days after the discovery in a letter from Alexander von Humboldt dated September 25 1846 which accompanied the Gold Medal ...
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Origin of the word "de" in the name of Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe

I have read the article from Alena Šolcová. However, there is evidence that she is wrong that this is a mistake that was only introduced in the 1800s. Here is a book from 1769 having "Tycho de ...
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Origin of the word "de" in the name of Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe

A Czech researcher, Alena Šolcová (who has an asteroid named after her, so she must be right) concluded in 2005 that this mistake was introduced in the 19th century, in works by Amalia Schoppe in 1839 ...
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What did Louis XV actually call Charles Messier?

The English name is a literal translation from French. Félix Boquet, "Histoire de l'astronomie", Paris: Payot 1925, p. 466: Rappelons ici, en parenthèse, que comme pour Maskelyne et de La ...
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How was stellar parallax tested by Tycho Brahe?

Parallax was always measured by measuring the angular distances between stars. If it changes during the year, you see the parallax due to the Earth motion. The accuracy is limited by the accuracy of ...
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Why do we call Tycho Brahe by his first name?

Old question, but to the extent it might interest anyone, in Scandinavia, his name is almost invariably always written out in full these days. House Brahe is ancient Scandinavian nobility, dating back ...
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How was stellar parallax tested by Tycho Brahe?

Actually, ancient, medieval, and early modern astronomers mostly believed that the stars were lights attached to the inside of a hollow sphere centered on Earth and that the hollow sphere rotated 360 ...
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Who were the other European astronomers who identified new stars around the time of Tycho Brahe?

This sentence in Wikipedia does not say "around the time of Brahe". One early astronomer who identified a new star was Hipparchus. According to the information about him that reached us, this was the ...
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Origin of the word "de" in the name of Danish astronomer Tycho de Brahe

De is also common in Dutch, like Hugo de Groot or Karel de Grote. In the latter, "de Grote" describes Karel: he is big (not so much in size as in the size of his empire. If the word "de&...
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Who were the other European astronomers who identified new stars around the time of Tycho Brahe?

For novae there is a listing at CBAT. Here are the first few listed. The discoverer is in the last column. ...
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