Solved: The Riddle of the Nova of 1670
The position of a nova (marked in red) that appeared in the year 1670 recorded by the astronomer Hevelius and was published by the Royal Society in England in their journal Philosophical Transactions. Image credit: The Royal Society
It is a 17th century astronomical enigma that has persisted right up until modern times.
On June 20, 1670, a new star appeared in the evening sky that gave 17th century astronomers pause. Eventually peaking out at +3rd magnitude, the ruddy new star in the modern day constellation of Vulpecula the Fox was visible for almost two years before vanishing from sight.(…)
Read the rest of Solved: The Riddle of the Nova of 1670 (926 words)