500 years of astronomy at Texas museum

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, will present Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works through January 3, 2010. The exhibit will showcase "some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years."

The Ransom Center specilaizes in the collection of rare works on the history of science, some of which will be featured in the exhibit including "more than 40 rare editions of works by astronomers such as Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe."

"Harry Ransom, the founder of the Ransom Center, was very interested in collecting the history of science," said Rich Oram, exhibition curator and associate director at the Ransom Center." He left us with a legacy of seminal works that document the history of astronomy from its early modern roots to the first part of the 20th century."