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VMs: Re: Astronomical Notes, Comments, and Replies

Hello All,

I am wondering why such public astronomical events should be subjected to
encryption? What is the great secret mystery that must be hidden from public
knowledge? It strikes me that there should be more significant knowledge
that warrants keeping it from the rest of human understanding and awareness.
I wonder what that might be?

Dana Scott

----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Teague" <rteague@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Voynich Manuscript List" <vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 8:02 AM
Subject: VMs: Astronomical Notes, Comments, and Replies

> First, a minor correction:
> In the list of numbers in my last post, I accidentally used
> EVA < t > instead of < k > for the number 6.
> I think it's likely that < f > will turn out to be 0, but I'm looking
> to find it used as such first. And the letter for 8 may turn out
> to be < 8 >.
> I'm trying to reserve all judgement as to the language or
> encoding scheme, but I will point out that a proper name
> could still be recognized, and would give letter values.
> I'm thinking in particular of f67v1. In the short line of text
> (4 letters.5 letters) to the left of the face between the dark
> stars, the first word is 1572, which for me confirms that
> it depicts Tycho's Star. (Granted that Tycho's face is iffy;
> it needs a much clearer picture to tell for sure.) The second
> word could be "Tycho", or "Brahe".
> Possible words to look for:
> Tycho Brahe, Tycho de Brahe, Tyge Brahe, Tychonis Brahe,
> De Nova Stella (the book he wrote on it), Cassiope,
> Cassiopeia, Cassieopeia
> I could still be barking up the wrong tree, and it depicts
> Kepler's Star-- the supernova of 1604 in Ophiuchus.
> One astronomical event that is conspicuous by its absence
> is the Great Comet of 1577.  I've seen on several websites
> a woodcut of the comet as seen over Prague. It may be that
> the "galaxy" on f68r is actually the nucleus of the comet, and
> f68r2 is its position in the sky.
> And f68v3 may be the eclipse of the Moon  8 December 1573.
> The female face is the Earth; the rays are from the Sun, which
> is covered.
> I think the idea that the number of points of a star is a rough
> estimate of its magnitude should be abandoned, as it's just
> not working out.  In Tycho's book, there is a picture showing
> where the nova was, and all the stars are eight-point, just
> different sizes for magnitude.
> I had forgotten about the change in calendar in the mid-16th
> Century. Starry Night does not seem to take it into account.
> Maybe that's why I'm having trouble identifying dates with
> the year.
> Robert
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