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Last Post 5/19/2015 1:00 PM by  Mitzi Adams
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5/18/2015 6:41 AM

    kayla l (rxm) how did the chinese study sunspots? I though galileo was the first to study them? thank you very much....

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    Dawn Myers

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    5/18/2015 12:36 PM
    So according to my internet research Chinese astronomers recording solar activity around 800 BC. And though there are no known Chinese or Korean illustrations of sunspots from that time period astronomers from China and Korea were known to have observed sunspots.

    Mitzi Adams

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    5/19/2015 1:00 PM

    Hi Kayla,

    Galileo was one of the first to study sunspots with a telescope; he began a systematic study of them and discussed his findings with Christoph Scheiner, with whom he argued about their nature. Thomas Harriott also studied sunspots in England using thick clouds at sunrise and sunset (as K.D. Leka says...NEVER repeat what Harriott did) as a filter. The Chinese, no doubt, saw sunspots in the same way as Harriott. According to Dr. David Pankenier, an expert on ancient Chinese astronomy, there is a record of sunspots from the Book of Changes that may be from the 1st millennium B.C.E. Other records begin about 165 B.C.E. Modern Chinese in north China have reported sunspots in late spring/early summer at which time there is a lot of dust in the air, making sunspot observations a possibility.

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