Geographical sites:

  • Babylon (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #893951)
    Pleiades_icon Babylon urban, settlement Geocontext: Tell Amran
    Description: The ancient city of Babylon began as an Akkadian city-state founded by Amorites in 1894 BC. The city was also the seat of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 608 to 539 BC.


Text #3939

Sachs & Hunger. Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia. Series: Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia. Vol. 5
[p. 69]

BM 34963 + 35198 + 35238

1’ – when it began […]
2’ – when it began to clear, in 12°
3’ – of day it cleared from north and west
4’ – to east. 24° onset
5’ – and clearing. In its eclipse
6’ – the north wind blew. At 45° after sunrise.

Text #3940

Stephenson. Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation
[p. 235]

BC 89 Sep 29 (barely annular, mag. = 0.997): Ch’ang-an [class A]

“Cheng-ho reign period, 4th year, 8th month, day hsin-yu [58], the last day of the month. The Sun was eclipsed; it was not complete and like a hook. It was 2 deg in K’ang. At the hour of fu (= 15-17 h) the eclipse began from the north-west. Towards the hour of sunset it recovered. [Han-shu, chap. 27c]”

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