APOD: The Nebra Sky Disk (2018 Mar 19)

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Re: APOD: The Nebra Sky Disk (2018 Mar 19)

Post by mentock » Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:27 pm

JBurton wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:09 pm
The disk as pictured seems upside down; with the moon in the center during the evening, the bottom arc may be an aurora, the larger arc to the right is an eclipsing sun, with yes, the Pleiades, and the milky Way. Just my 2-cents, if that!
I had a similar idea when I first saw the disk in the Jan 2004 National Geographic, and I entered it in a notebook. When I heard about the dating controversies last year, I submitted a letter to Physics Today in May, and they published it in November:

Rethinking the Nebra Sky Disk

https://digital.physicstoday.org/physic ... Id=1738456

"The object often thought to be a sun boat then would be a fuzzy swath, low in the sky and to the north. I propose that it was intended as a representation of the aurora borealis, ..."