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Tycho's Star

Overview page. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

A supernova in Cassiopeia that appeared in 1572 November, and was extensively studied by Tycho Brahe. The maximum magnitude was −4, and the star remained visible until 1574 April–May. The...

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Planetary Order, Astronomical Reform, and the Extraordinary Course of Nature

Robert S. Westman.

in The Copernican Question

July 2011; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 21234 words.

Attention to the science of astronomy, already so well sustained in the Wittenberg cultural sphere, received an unexpected boost with the dramatic and unheralded arrival of two apparitions...

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How Kepler's New Star Traveled to England

Robert S. Westman.

in The Copernican Question

July 2011; p ublished online March 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 8968 words.

Johannes Kepler's De Stella Nova had broad appeal for different contemporary groups. As with the 1572 nova, Kepler described a novelty that required no special technical skill to observe....

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The Crab and the Jellyfish

Nicholas Mee.

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

January 2019; p ublished online January 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Astronomy and Astrophysics. 1248 words.

Supernova explosions have been recorded as guest stars for thousands of years, but their true nature was only revealed in the twentieth century, largely through the work of Baade and...

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