The massed gadgets of Hercules

Harvard Crimson notes: 

In the reign of the Emperor Valentinian, there occurred in an obscure part of the heavens, an explosion to which the eruption of Vesuvius was but as the striking of a match. Columbus discovered America and Washington fought the Revolution in complete ignorance of the cataclysm.

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Not until the year of grace 1934 did J. P. M. Prentice of Stowmarket, England, first observe the results of the convulsion, known to men as Nova Herculis.

Over 10,000 observations of its progress have been made since, according to Leon Campbell instructor in Astronomy at the Observatory

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