Nova near Cygnus and the ring of Saturn

    Date
    25 July 1670
    Creator
    Unknown, Artist
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    LBC
    Manuscript page number
    vol4 p76a
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (page): 239mm
    width (page): 172mm
    Subject
    Content object
    space
       > Solar system
          > planet
             > Saturn
    space
       > star
    Description
    A figure indicating the position of a nova near the beak of the Cygnus as observed by Johannes Hevelius in Gdansk on 25 July 1675, and a figure of the ring of Saturn observed on 26 August 1675. These figures were included in a letter by Hevelius to Oldenburg dated 27 August 1670 (EL/H2/22).

    Oldenburg read the letter to the meeting on 27 October 1670, and both figures were printed in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 5, no. 65 (November 1670).

    This is a copy of LBO/4/057a.
    Object history
    At the meeting of the Royal Society on 27 October 1670, ‘Mr. Oldenburg read likewise two other letters, to himself, the one from Mr. Hevelius, dated 27 Aug. 1670, N.S., containing two observations of his concerning a new star near the rostrum cygni, and the present appearance of Saturn’ (Birch 2:449).

    J. Hevelius, 'A new star in Cygnus observed 25 July 1670', Phil. Trans. vol. 5, no. 65 (November 1670), pp. 2087-91, which reproduces the images at tab. 1, fig. 1.
    Related fellows
    Johannes Hevelius (1611 - 1687, German/Polish) , Astronomer
    Henry Oldenburg (1612 - 1677, German) , Scientific correspondent
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Poland
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.14973
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