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Further Mythological Evidence for Ancient Knowledge of Variable Stars

 

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Stephen R. Wilk

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Saugus, MA 01906

 

Presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, October 31, 1998

 

Abstract

I suggest that the variability of Betelgeuse (alpha Orionis) was known in pre-classical Greece, and that this knowledge is reflected in the myths associated with Orion and other figures in Greek mythology. There is corroboration in parallel myths from other cultures.

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