There's something both quaint and inspiring about seeing scholars from long ago attempting to wrap their minds around cosmic events such as eclipses, meteors, and the motion of the planets. Sometimes they saw great truths in the stars, as when Copernicus realized the Earth moved around the sun, and other times, ancient astronomical events got inextricably tied to religious miracles. But sometimes, the mystery isn't easily solved — like when a large group of monks from Canterbury all apparently witnessed an explosion on the moon in the year 1178 C.E. We're still not entirely sure what they saw, but modern astronomers have some ideas.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas June 15, 2018
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