Past Women Astronomers 1500s – 1700

Sophie Brahe (1556 – 1643)

Sophie, the sister of Tycho Brahe, was an accomplished astronomer in her own right. Sh was also a noted horticulturalist, student of chemistry, and medicine.

Marie Cunitz (1610 – 1644)

Memorial to Maria Cunitz in PolandMaria was an accomplished Silesian and one of the most notable female astronomers of the time. The image to the left is a memorial for Maria in Poland.  She authored a book Urania Propitia, in which she provided new tables, new ephemera, and a more elegant solution to Kepler’s problem. The Cunitz crater on Venus is named after her. The minor planet 12624 Mariacunitia is named in her honour.

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