Ptolemy, Babylon and the rotation of the Earth

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John Steele finds that Ptolemy was right to believe that Babylonian observers saw the eclipse of 23 December 383 BC – which poses a problem that can be solved by invoking a large clock error or unusual atmospheric conditions.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Dept of Physics, University of Durham, DH1 3LE

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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