Historical Supernovae and their Remnants

Hardcover | February 5, 2004

byF. Richard Stephenson, David A. Green

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This book reviews both the historical observations of supernovae (SN) seen in our Galaxy over the last two millennia and recorded in East Asia (China, Japan and Korea), Europe and the Arabic dominions, together with modern observations of the remnants of these supernovae. Introductory chaptersprovide background information about the historical observations and our modern understanding of supernovae and novae, and of supernova remnants (SNRs) and pulsars. Subsequent chapters discuss the historical observations of the well defined historical SN and modern observations of their remnants.These chapters cover Kepler's SN of AD1604, Tycho's SNe of AD1572, the SN of AD1181, the SN of AD1054 which produced the well known Crab Nebula, and the especially bright SN of AD1006. One chapter discusses the young SNR Cassiopeia A, and the proposed sighting of its SN in AD1680 by Flamsteed.Earlier but less certain supernovae of the preceding millennium chronicled in China are also discussed, along with their possible remnants. Other less certain observations of historical SN, and the future potential for additional historical observations, are briefly discussed. This book alsoincludes as an appendix an up-to-date catalogue of over two hundred known Galactic SNRs.

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This book reviews both the historical observations of supernovae (SN) seen in our Galaxy over the last two millennia and recorded in East Asia (China, Japan and Korea), Europe and the Arabic dominions, together with modern observations of the remnants of these supernovae. Introductory chaptersprovide background information about the hi...

F.R. Stephenson: Department of Physics, Rochester Building, University of Durham, Durham DH1 3LE 0191 374 2153 tel 0191 374 3749 fax F.R.Stephenson@durham.ac.uk British, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 22/04/41 D. A. Green: Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HE 01223 337305 tel 01223 354599 fax D.A.Green@mrao....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:266 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:February 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. Sources of historical records of galactic supernovae3. Supernovae, Supernova Remnants and Pulsars4. Was the Cas A supernova observed by Flamsteed in AD 16805. The Supernova of AD 16046. Tycho's Supernova of AD 15727. The Supernova of AD 11818. The Supernova of AD 10549. The Supernova of AD 100610. Probable and possible Supernovae before AD 100011. New stars which were not supernovae12. Future ProspectsA. Glossary of Chinese Astronomical TermsB. Some Modern Astronomical TerminologyC. A Catalogue of Galactic Supernova Remnants