Some presence of mercury was shown by earlier analysis of his

February 28, 2013

Astronomer Tycho Brahe exhumed

PRAGUE (Reuters Life!) Was it accidental poison or murder most foul? Could it have been a sudden illness or the dark result of envy among two of history Canada Goose Coats On Sale greatest astronomers?

Czech and Danish scientists opened the Prague tomb of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe on Monday uk canada goose in an attempt Canada Goose online to discover what killed the alchemist in 1601, whose observations of celestial bodies laid the foundations for modern astronomy and his assistant Johannes Kepler later fame.

Speculation has long centered around canada goose uk black friday three theories. Brahe Canada Goose Outlet who worked at the Prague court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II and Canada Goose Parka is a popular figure in Czech and Danish history was murdered, became ill or simply ingested too much of a toxic canada goose substance such as mercury in canada goose store the course buy canada goose jacket of his experiments.

The Czech Academy of Sciences cheap canada goose uk said nuclear scientists will test bone canada goose factory sale and hair samples taken from Brahe remains in the Canada Goose Online Our Lady Before Tyn Church in Prague medieval Old Town Square.

They will be looking for mercury and other substances that could shed light on the cause of his death. Some presence of mercury was shown by earlier analysis of his facial hair.

Scientists said longer term exposure to poison would indicate Brahe may have died from self canada goose coats on sale administered or too much cheap Canada Goose Coats exposure from his experiments.

However, high concentrations of a toxic substance near the hair root could indicate a big one time dose of poison.

the finding of high concentrations of a toxic element, such as arsenic, in sequential hair samples canada goose clearance sale of canadian goose jacket a potential murder victim is considered an indicator of a murder and can be used as evidence, said Jan Kucera from the Nuclear canada goose uk shop Physics Institute in Rez near Prague.

One murder theory says that Brahe was killed on the orders of Danish canada goose black friday sale King Christian IV who he had fallen out with or that uk canada goose outlet his now more famous assistant Johannes Kepler murdered him to get his hands on Brahe astronomic observations.

An illness causing kidney failure is another possibility for a colorful character, who wore a prosthetic nose said to have been made of precious metal to hide the loss of the bridge of his real nose in a canada goose coats duel.

One popular canada goose clearance legend says buy canada goose jacket cheap Brahe, also said to have enjoyed a party or two, died after a dinner canada goose uk outlet where his bladder burst because etiquette prevented him from leaving the table attended Canada Goose Jackets by the king. Doctors Canada Goose sale have said that theory doesn hold water.

Further tests will cheap Canada Goose be done at universities in Lund, Sweden and Odense, Denmark, the Czech Academy of Sciences said.

is impossible to say if he was murdered or not, research leader Jens Vellev of Aarhus University told Reuters Television. we can perhaps decide if he took so much mercury he could die of it.

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