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Re: VMs: Research Note: f67v2
--- elvogt@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Admittedly, when looking at the pictures on f68v, my
> first idea was "Oh, that's
> a before/after comparison, and it shows something
> opening up, with streams of
> stuff bursting out of it."
> OTOH, that's a fairly modern and advanced
> interpretation of the happenings at a
> supernova. To the contemporary mind, it probably was
> merely another star in the
> skies. Way less dramatic.
Not quite: until Tycho's observations made
in 1572, any changing phenomena in the skies
were supposed to happen inside the atmosphere.
Case in point were comets, and Tycho in fact
showed that a comet which appeared in 1577
was further away than the moon.
If you do a Google search for 'supernova'
and 'Aristotle', you'll find quite a bit of
stuff about this on the web.
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