The image on the middle folio of the f68r fold-out shows what is possibly the moon over the sun, stars and a ring of stars around the edge. There are no geometric markers on the page but the eyes of the sun and moon have been used as markers, note the multiple directions the eyes look in. If the same pattern is applied on a star map on the day the supernova is said to have been recorded, the 4th July 1054, at the time the sun is above the moon and in relation to the supernova rise/set times this would place it around 2.40 AM local time at the point when the supernova is rising on the first day during the night. The extra ring of many stars around this image I would suggest indicates that it is a night time image, compared to the third image which does not have the extra ring of stars. The sun is below the horizon at this time and I suggest the appearance of the “sun” in this image is supposed to indicate this. As some things are below the horizon it suggests this data is calculated rather than directly observed. The Voynich Manuscript image does not have everything in the “exact” positions suggesting it is a general setting of the scene, and the markers provide more accurate data. The data I suggest is calculated in retrospect from known data of the actual event. The supernova was first said to have been seen at daybreak (around 5 AM) on the 4th, but this image with the moon over the sun is the night position for the moon and sun on this day, and it is unlikely to be the night following because the moon would have moved much nearer SN 1054 and the Moon “eye markers” would not be indicating the moon any longer. The Sun appears to be looking at SN 1572 in one direction and SN 1054 and Aldebaran in the other and converging roughly with the Moon view on Lambda Tauri. The Moon appears to be only looking roughly at Lambda Tauri, the line connecting it with the NCP. This assumes that the actual position of the Moon in the image has been displaced for the sake of symmetry on the folio.
|f68r, middle, Voynich Manuscript. Credit: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Overlay by P. Han showing eye markers||Credit: Redshift6. Chinese style North Pole centred star map, 4/7/1054, North China. Overlay by P. Han comparing angles of folio eye markers to positions of the Sun, the Moon, SN 1054, SN 1572 and the NCP.|
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