On July 4 of the year 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded what they called a “guest star”, in the constellation of Taurus, the bull. A star that had never been seen before had suddenly become brighter than every star in the sky. Halfway around the world, in the American Southwest, the high culture of the Anasazi people, rich in astronomical tradition, also witnessed this brilliant new star. Astronomers of the scientifically literate Arabic world noted the incredible new star as well.
This incredible sight was the supernova of 1054, the explosive death of a massive star, five thousand light-years away. Today, the Crab nebula, a supernova remnant of gas enshrouding a pulsar which marks the location of the star, remains to be seen at the location, the same location as carefully recorded by the Chinese and the Anasazi of a thousand years ago.
But there was no record of it, anywhere in the European world.
For some reason, not only did the world of Christianity think that it was a good idea to supress all knowledge and study of this most incredible phenomenon, outshining every other body in the visible universe, but they actually thought they could get away with it, supressing the knowledge and letting everybody forget about it, and nobody would take notice of such a marvel, perhaps wonder about what a potent force it must be, and record the existence of it for history.
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- October 11, 2008 / 6:07 pm