Tycho Brahe, the preeminent astronomical observer of the 16th century, established an observatory on the Danish island of Hven in the 1570s and built an impressive assortment of astronomical instruments. Among these were several large armillary spheres designed for observational rather than pedagogical purposes. This hand-colored engraving represents one of those instruments. It was published in Joan Blaeu, Atlas Maior, vol. 1, book 2 (Amsterdam, 1662). It is derived from an engraving that first appeared in Tycho Brahe, Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica (Wandesburg, 1598).

Date Made: 1662

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Netherlands: North Holland, Amsterdam

Subject: Astronomy


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.330345Catalog Number: 330345Accession Number: 288766

Object Name: print

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 41.91 cm x 27.305 cmoverall: 23 in x 16 1/4 in x 7/8 in; 58.42 cm x 41.275 cm x 2.2225 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167730

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