"Forensic astronomy"

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"Forensic astronomy"

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:03 am

I heard an interesting short programme from the BBC World Service "Discovery" series:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xm849
What can astronomy tells us about great literature? Forensic astronomer Don Olson tells Andrew Luck-Baker about two of his investigative cases. He explains how plotting the path of the moon in 1816 solved a controversy about Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The Texas State University professor also outlines his theory that a star referred to in Shakespeare’s Hamlet was inspired by a spectacular supernova which blazed in the sky one year during the playwright’s childhood.

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