Title

Ancient Chinese Astronomers' Solar Eclipse Predictions

Date

6-1-2017 4:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 6:00 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Title

Presidential Plenary

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Laurie Burton

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Early Chinese astronomers believed events in the sky had a direct correlation to events on Earth. If a comet, or an eclipse were to appear, it was thought that something important and unexpected was about to happen on Earth, perhaps something like a major battle. What people don’t realize is the importance of eclipses to our planet and its environment. Not only does an eclipse cause a huge shadow to form across our planet’s surface, it can affect weather and wind direction and from what we’ve discovered, many cultures are fascinated with the phases of eclipses. Chinese astronomers measured distances between the poles, measured the positions of the moon and dedicated years of effort to solve this enigma we still encounter today.

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Ancient Chinese Astronomers' Solar Eclipse Predictions

WUC Columbia Room

Early Chinese astronomers believed events in the sky had a direct correlation to events on Earth. If a comet, or an eclipse were to appear, it was thought that something important and unexpected was about to happen on Earth, perhaps something like a major battle. What people don’t realize is the importance of eclipses to our planet and its environment. Not only does an eclipse cause a huge shadow to form across our planet’s surface, it can affect weather and wind direction and from what we’ve discovered, many cultures are fascinated with the phases of eclipses. Chinese astronomers measured distances between the poles, measured the positions of the moon and dedicated years of effort to solve this enigma we still encounter today.