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Last Post 10/20/2010 5:51 PM by  Sarah Gibson
solar eclipse
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10/20/2010 8:47 AM

    When was the very first recorded evidence of a solar eclipse?

    Tags: eclipses, history

    Sarah Gibson

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    10/20/2010 5:51 PM
    Hi! I did a little digging on this, and found a couple of excellent web sites you may be interested in: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa....story/SEhistory.html The Chinese were probably the earliest, with mention of elipse going back to > 2000 BC. In terms of a clear record of a date (that can be verified by checking to see that indeed there was an eclipse then!), it looks like May 3 1374 BC, again in China. A total eclipse is not something folks would miss :-) So, mostly I guess it was a matter of having people with a good calendar and written records! Cheers Sarah
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