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Nemesis bulletin boards: Story bulletin board, note 4

Remarks on the history of Nemesis' Astronomy (Reyalpeht, Jun 1 1993, 24)
After the informative report by Poe about the astronomy of Nemesis, one should 
say some words concerning the difficulties faced by the ancient astronomers 
during their famous work to obtain this knowledge. During the excavations at 
the sites of the old observatories (which were necessary to build a new one -
the main activity of myself for the time being), some historical documents were
found which provided us with some insight into the history of the discovery of
the heavens - or in modern nemesian words - into the discovery of the structure
of the universe. From these ancient documents we can form the following general

Mankind has observed the heavens since the very beginning - we conlude this 
from the fact that the knowledge about our sun, Helios, as well as our main 
moon, Tapp, dates back to a time from which no recordings are available. Al-
though we don't know anything about the origin of mankind, the origin of life 
on Nemesis and the very beginning itself - which therefore remains one of the
main mysteries we still have to solve - we can be sure, that the first Nemesi-
ans must have been aware of the change of day and night, of the four seasons
and, of the length of the year of 390 days. The latter observation has been 
relatively easy: besides the four seasons which are easy to observe, Tapp and 
the other two moons (which were discoverd later) align at the turn of a new 
year and block out the light of the sun, a phenomenon which is nowadays very
familiar to us and which we call "The Great Eclipse". It is still unknown to 
which time the year was divided into its 13 months. It would be interesting to
clarify that, because it would give us an information about the beginning of 
the detailed observation of the moon Tapp: its phases define the length of a 

Although these observations are already of clear astronomical nature, the 
science "Astronomy" evolved later. To our best knowledge, the first true Astro-
nomers have been members of an ancient people called "Nemesian Greeks" (the 
origin of this name is also not clarified so far. There are various competing 
theories, but we only really know that is must originate in a time close to 
the very beginning) inhabiting a small peninsula of the main continent of our 
world, Nemesis. The technical skills of the Nemesian Greeks were very limited,
they had almost no advanced astronomical instruments (but see the last para-
graph below). Especially, all observations were made with the naked eye. But -
surprisingly enough - these severe limitations could not hinder them to disco-
ver the structure of the universe, at least in principle. For two reasons, one
may hesitate to attribute this discovery to them. First, there has been only 
one Nemesian Greek, Aristarchem, who has proposed the 'nemesio-centric' model 
of the universe, and, second, he has not been able to prove his theory. But 
Aristarchem should be seen as the first Nemesian, who has introduced the
correct idea about the structure of the heavens. Due to the fact that his 
theory was not accepted by the other astronomers, it did not find its way into
the literature. Therefore, we cannot read any word about him and find only some
remarks excluding the possibility of his model in the famous book "Almagest" 
written by one of the most important astronomers of the Greek Nemesians: 
Ptolemyem. The "Almagest" summarizes the complete astronomical knowledge of 
the ancient times and represents our main source of information about the 
astronomy of these days. 

There is some rumour, that there exist two other books: One is the book in 
which Aristarchem himself explains his 'nemesio-centric' model of the universe.
There is some evidence (see the current historical literature) that the second 
one is much older: it is expected to originate at the time of the very begin-
nig of Nemesis. Therefore, it would be of invaluable importance to find a copy
of this book: it could reveal our complete history, especially our origin,
which is completely unknown as mentioned earlier already. However, neither 
Aristarchem's book nor the other one written by the first Nemesians has been 
found so far.

Whereas Aristarchem was fighting for the 'nemesio-centric' model, according to
which our planet Nemesis is the centre of the universe and all other celestial 
bodies are spinning around it, Ptolemyem has been a promoter of the traditional
view that Helios our sun, is the centre of the universe and simultaneously the
centre of the orbits of all other stars including the moon Tapp (the other two
were unknown to his times). 
For more than thousand years the "Almagest" was the 'ultima ratio' of the 
science of the heavens. Only some 100 years ago, first observation were made 
being in conflict with the helio-centric model, the most important one is the
discovery of our second moon, Poe, of course. And most recently, after the 
invention of the telescope, the most powerful instrument astronomers ever had,
it became clear that the idea of Aristarchem is the right one: our universe
is 'nemesio-centric' (see the modern report by Poe, which also contains a des-
cription of the third moon, Snake, which represents the first telescopic dis-
covery of a celestial body in the universe). The scientists to which we have 
to attribute the honour of proving the 'nemesio-centric' theory are Copernicem
(who revived the model of Aristarchem), Brahem (who made the required obser-
vations, interestingly enough with the intention to disprove the 'nemesio-
centric' model...) and Keplerem (who finally used Brahem's data to prove Co-
pernicem and Aristarchem, respectively).

So, nowadays, as pointed out by Poe, we know for sure the real structure of the
heavens: Nemesis is the centre of the universe!

A brief outline of the history of this discovery should not avoid to mention 
two further remaining secrets. Besides the mysterious books of Aristarchem and
the one written by the first Nemesians, our astronomers have started to make 
full use of the new instrument, the telscope, and they have started to inves-
tugate Nemesis' main moon, Tapp, in more detail. It seems, that it is possible
to identify a small fraction of the surface structure of Tapp, with an old map
which was found recently during our excavations. The age of the map is most 
probably larger than 1500 Nemesian years and, thus, it could be prepared by
the Greek Nemesians. Besides the fact that this would mean, that they had a
much more evolved technology (at least what concerns their astronomical obser-
vations), this map gives the strange impression of a very regular structure on
Tapp: it looks almost artifical. This might be an error and we need more re-
liable observations, but there are already thoughts about life on Tapp. It 
might be completely wrong, it might become the most fundamental discovery ever
made, it might even have to do with the very beginning of the Nemesians - it
is the task of our and the future generation(s) to solve this quest, which is 
given to us by Snake, our god.


                                           Reyalpeht, Hol Spa 28, 1401

The board contains 9 notes:
  1. Poe on Magic (Poe, Apr 20 1993, 46)
  2. Poe on The Astronomy Of Nemesis (Poe, Apr 20 1993, 46)
  3. Saucery! (Poe, Apr 27 1993, 46)
  4. Remarks on the history of Nemesis' Astronomy (Reyalpeht, Jun 1 1993, 24)
  5. A discovery concerning astronomy (Poe, Jun 1 1993, 46)
  6. Another piece of history (Junky, Jun 2 1993, 60)
  7. Current theories (Reyalpeht, Jun 3 1993, 24)
  8. Merlin's story. (Poe, Jun 3 1993, 46)
  9. Tapp (Poe, Oct 26 1993, 46)

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