Jakob Bartsch

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Jakob Bartsch or Jacobus Bartschius (c. 1600 – 26 December 1633) was a German astronomer.


Bartsch was born in Lauban (Lubań) in Lusatia. He was taught how to use the astrolabe by Sarcephalus (Christopher Hauptfleisch), a librarian in Breslau (Wrocław). He also studied astronomy and medicine at the University of Strassburg (Strasbourg).[1]

In 1624 Bartsch published several star charts, titled Usus astronomicus planisphaerii stellati, which included several new constellations introduced around 1613 by Petrus Plancius on a celestial globe published by Pieter van den Keere. These included Camelopardalis, Crux, Monoceros, and Reticulum.

Bartsch married Johannes Kepler's daughter Susanna on 12 March 1630[2] and helped Kepler with his calculations.[3] After Kepler's death in 1630, Bartsch edited Kepler's posthumous work Somnium. He also helped gather money from Kepler's estate for his widow.[1]

Bartsch died in Lauban in 1633.

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  1. ^ a b Ioan James. Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa. Cambridge University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-521-01706-8
  2. ^ James A. Connor. Kepler's Witch. HarperCollins, 2004. ISBN 0-06-052255-0
  3. ^ Christian Pamphlets. Protestant Episcopal Society for the Promotion of Evangelical Knowledge. 1852.
  4. ^ Norman Davidson. Sky Phenomena. SteinerBooks, 2004. ISBN 1-58420-026-X


This article incorporates information from the revision as of November 28, 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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