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More than 4 centuries ago, in 1572, an 8-year-old English lad named William Shakespeare probably saw something peculiar in the sky. We don’t know this for sure, but how could he have possibly missed it? All of a sudden a great star, more brilliant than Venus, burst into the night sky. Far away from Stratford, England, in Denmark, Tycho Brahe saw the new star and was so im-pressed that he allegedly asked a neighbor if he was dreaming.