Lunar Eclipse: Facts, Myths and Superstitions

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June 15, 2011 12:00
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Lunar eclipse, alongside Solar eclipse, was an abnormal celestial event for ancient civilisations. Records suggest that Babylonians were the first people who observed a lunar eclipse on 2 February 746 BC. According to Dr. John Steele, “Babylonians observed a lunar eclipse in the first year of Nabonassar. This is the earliest eclipse record from Babylon, and it may well be due to this that Ptolemy uses the beginning of Nabonassar’s reign as the epoch for his calculations.”

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