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Historical Supernovae

  • David A. Green
  • F. Richard Stephenson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 598)

Abstract

The available historical records of supernovae occurring in our own Galaxy over the past two thousand years are reviewed. These accounts include the well-recorded supernovae of AD1604 (Kepler’s SN), AD1572 (Tycho’s SN), AD1181 AD1054 (which produced the Crab Nebula) and AD1006, together with less certain events dating back to AD185. In the case of the supernovae of AD1604 and AD1572 it is European records that provide the most accurate information available, whereas for earlier supernovae records are principally from East Asian sources. Also discussed briefly are several spurious supernova candidates, and the future prospects for studies of historical supernovae.

Keywords

Radio Source Supernova Remnant Crab Nebula Right Ascension European Record 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Green
    • 1
  • F. Richard Stephenson
    • 2
  1. 1.Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of DurhamDurhamUnited Kingdom

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