Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ernst Haeckel and the Phyletic Museum

Ernst Haeckel and the Phyletic Museum

Ernst Haeckel(1834 – 1919) On July 30, 1908, the ‘Phyletic Museum‘ was gifted to the University of Jena due to its 350th anniversary by Ernst Haeckel. The famous zoologist was best known for his approaches in evolution theory. The ‘Phyletic Museum’ is a unique institution, illustrating not only natural sciences,…
Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Rocking the Baroque – Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (aged 61) in a portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann (1746) On this day in 1750 one of the most important and productive composers of the Baroque period, Johann Sebastian Bach died. Bach’s abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was…
Shoemaker-Levy 9 hits Jupiter

Shoemaker-Levy 9 hits Jupiter

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 approaching Jupiter On July 22, 1994, the last parts of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the largest planet within our solar system, Jupiter. This was the first time, that an extraterrestrial collision of two objects could be directly observed. Shoemaker-Levy 9 got its name from the…
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