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Text #22

Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
[p. 10]

On the Babylonian cuneiform tablet designated BMA 33850, Hermann Hunger identified two fragments of text referring to a comet seen during -162. The first text fragment indicates that on September 5 the comet was possibly 1.5 degrees above α Corona Borealis with a tail extending to the south. On the left edge of the same tablet, Hunger (1995) noted text that “may have been added as an afterthought.” Hunger says he believes the text refers to the same comet and the same month and gives the date as September 10. The badly damaged text compares the comet’s location to α Corona Borealis and says it was seen in the first part of the night.

Text #23

Abraham Sachs, Hermann Hunger. Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia

Full moon: August 24, September 23

Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia, Volume III, Diaries from 164 BC to 61 BC, p. 27-29:

“162 BC

BM 33850 + 47722

20 – [Night] of the 3rd (August/September), the moon was 2 cubits 8 fingers in front of β Scorpii;
21 - first part of the night, a meteor which had a tail flashed from south to north, its light
22 – was seen on the ground.

Left edge

2 – Night of the 30th (?),[first part of the night], when the comet became stationary (?).”

Text #9292

Yeomans. Comets

163 BC, September, Babylonia, during the first part of the night, a comet became visible above alpha Coronae with its tail pointing toward the south. (Hunger, 1989)

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