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Discovery

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Discovery: Frankenstein's Moon

September 10th, 2012

Episode 200 of 564 episodes

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 sky one year during the playwright’s childhood.

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