1573: Sophia Brahe has stars in her eyes

tumblr_m9vwvz20KF1rcjc4lo1_2501573: Sophia Brahe, a seventeen-year-old Dane, began assisting her twenty-seven-year-old brother Tycho in his astronomical observations. Tycho praised his sister’s “animus invictus” (which can mean “determined mind” or “unconquerable spirit”) and nicknamed her Urania after the Greek muse of astronomy.

I had never heard of this remarkable young woman until a couple of months ago. For more information on Sophia Brahe, check out http://www.sheisanastronomer.org/index.php/history/sophia-brahe

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