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December 1st (1580)
Peiresc, the first to observe the Orion Nebula, is born
On this day, in 1580, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc was born. Generally credited as the first to observe the Orion Nebula, Peiresc was a French astronomer who kept a keen interest in other scientific fields, such as botany and palaeontology. No published works are known apart from a record of his correspondence with many scientists.
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The Astronomer (1504)
Albrecht Dürer
"The Astronomer" is an engraving by Albrecht Dürer from the title page of "Messahalah, De scientia motus orbis", a book translated from Arabic and printed in 1504 in Nuremberg. Dürer was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance.
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