ChJAA Vol 2, No 5 (2002) / Liu

An Ancient Solar Eclipse Record ``Tian-da-yi'' in the 10th Century BC

Ci-Yuan Liu

Abstract

The ancient record ``Tian-da-yi'' (the sky darkened greatly) is identified with the solar eclipse on May 31, 976BC. This identification is demonstrated in this paper through a palaeographic, astronomical and chronological analysis. It is probably the earliest solar eclipse in Chinese history that can be so identified.

Keywords


solar eclipses --- history of astronomy

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