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Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
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During a search through Babylonian stone tablets at the British Museum, Hermann Hunger identified two references to a comet reported to an Assyrian king. Babylonian scholar Bel-le’i wrote the first and stated, “If a comet becomes visible in the path of the stars of Anu: there will be a fall of Elam in battle.” Babylonian scholar Asaredu the Younger wrote the second. Unfortunately, this tablet is damaged and although it seems to provide similar details, the text is not easy to read. Hunger said other observations contained in the tablets indicate the comet was probably seen in -674 October.

Full moon: October 13

Sources: Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings. Edited by Hermann Hunger, Helsinki: Helsinki University Press (1992), pp. 194, 256; personal correspondence from Herman Hunger (1995)

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