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Records of solar eclipse observations in ancient China
HAN YanBen; QIAO OiYuan
2009
Source PublicationScience in China. Series G: Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy
ISSN1672-1799
Volume52Issue:11Pages:1639
AbstractLike ancient people at other places of the world, the ancient Chinese lived in awe of the Sun. As they felt solar eclipses extremely significant events, they closely observed the occurrence of solar eclipse. Ancient astronomers further realized very early that solar eclipses were one of the important astronomical phenomena to revise and improve the ancient calendar. Interestingly, ancient emperors regarded solar eclipses as warnings from heaven that might affect the stability of their throne. Consequently, observing and recording solar eclipses became official, which dated far back to ancient China when numerous relevant descriptions were recorded in historical books. These records contribute substantially to China as an ancient civilization, as well as to the research of the long-term variation of the rotation rate of the Earth during >2000 years before the 17th century. This paper briefly reviews the perception, observations and recording of solar eclipses by ancient Chinese astronomers.
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.bao.ac.cn/handle/114a11/53000
Collection中国科学院国家天文台
Affiliation中国科学院国家天文台
First Author AffilicationNational Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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HAN YanBen,QIAO OiYuan. Records of solar eclipse observations in ancient China[J]. Science in China. Series G: Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy,2009,52(11):1639.
APA HAN YanBen,&QIAO OiYuan.(2009).Records of solar eclipse observations in ancient China.Science in China. Series G: Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy,52(11),1639.
MLA HAN YanBen,et al."Records of solar eclipse observations in ancient China".Science in China. Series G: Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy 52.11(2009):1639.
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