Celestial / Comet

84BC Mar. 12± 1y , Duration 1M

Event #122: Sparkling Star observed in China

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Text #164

Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
[p. 18]

The only ancient text to report this “sparkling star” was the Han shu (100). It says the object was seen in the northwest sometime during the month of -83 March 12 to April 10. The northwest location might imply an evening sky observation. A. G. Pingré (1783) dated this comet either -84 or -83.

Full moon: March 27

Sources: Han shu (100), 7:3b; A. G. Pingré (1783), p. 275; J. Williams (1871), p. 7; Ho Peng Yoke (1962), p. 146

Text #165

Yeomans. Comets

84 BC March, China. A bushy star comet was seen in the northwest.

Text #9494

Pankenier & Xu & Jiang. Archaeoastronomy in East Asia

3rd year of the Shiyuan reign period of Emperor Zhao of the Han Dynasty, spring, 2nd month; a star became fuzzy in the northwest.

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