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A Celestial Atlas – In Print Exhibition

Planisphaerium Braheum sive Structura mundi totius ex hypothesi Tychonis Brahei in Plano Delineata, 18th century. Hand-coloured line engraving, Inv. 13600


This plate is taken from the later printing of the Harmonia Macrocosmica, a celestial atlas by Andreas Cellarius, first published in 1660. It illustrates the Tychonic system, the cosmology elaborated by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who is depicted sitting in the bottom right corner. He observed that the planets orbited the sun, but remained convinced that the sun orbited the earth as it remained stationary.


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