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Byzantine records of solar eclipses have refined measurements of Earth's rotation

Byzantine records of solar eclipses have refined measurements of Earth’s rotation

Records of solar eclipses from a millennium and a half ago have allowed scientists to refine measurements of the Earth’s changing rotation. A careful review of historical records from the Byzantine Empire has given scientists the times and locations of five solar eclipses. The results, while consistent with previous findings, place new, tighter constraints on …

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A gold coin minted during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX may show a supernova that lit up the sky for more than a year.

Rare Byzantine coin may show ‘forbidden’ supernova explosion from 1054 AD

In 1054 AD, a nearby star ran out of fuel and exploded in a dazzling supernova explosion. Although located 6,500 light-years away, the explosion was clearly visible in the sky above Earth for 23 days and several hundred nights afterwards. The explosion, now known as the SN 1054, was so bright that Chinese astronomers dubbed …

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