List of solar eclipses in antiquity

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Geometry of a total solar eclipse
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Eclipses seen from
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See also List of lunar eclipses

This is a list of selected solar eclipses from antiquity.

Date of
eclipse
Time (UTC) Type Central Duration Eclipse Path Notes
Start Mid End
June 24, 1312 BC - 10:44 - total 04m33s Anatolia Mursili's eclipse[1]
June 15, 763 BC - 08:23 - total 04m59s eclipse of Bur Sagale attested in Assyrian sources
May 18, 603 BC - - - total Northeast Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Eclipse in the same saros as the 585 BC eclipse, but preceding it.
May 28, 585 BC - 14:28 - total 06m05s predicted by Thales, occurred during the Battle of Halys[2]
February 17, 478 BC - - - total Greece eclipse occurring prior to Xerxes' first march against Greece
August 3, 430 BC - - - total Greece, Mediterranean Sea Pericles shows his Greek Army that the eclipse was not much more than a covering of the sun by something bigger than his cloak.
March 1, 357 BC - - - total total eclipse in Jerusalem.
July 4, 336 BC - - - total total eclipse in Jerusalem.
April 2, 303 BC - - - total total eclipse in Jerusalem.
March 14, 190 BC - - - total total eclipse in Kiev, Ukraine.
July 17, 188 BC - - - total total eclipse in Kiev, Ukraine.
October 19, 183 BC - - - total total eclipse in Kiev, Ukraine.
July 19, 418 - - - total total eclipse in Portugal reported by Hydatius
December 23, 447 - - - total total eclipse in Portugal reported by Hydatius

Longest total eclipses[edit]

Date of
eclipse
Central Duration Notes
April 7, 3736 BC 07m12s between 3999 BC to 3000 BC[3]
May 17, 2231 BC 07m21s between 2999 BC to 2000 BC[4]
July 3, 1443 BC 07m05s between 1999 BC and 1000 BC[5]
June 15, 744 BC 07m28s between 999 BC to 0 AD[6]
June 27, 363 07m24s between 1 AD to 1000 AD[7]
June 9, 1062 07m20s between 1001 AD to 2000 AD[8]
July 16, 2186 07m29s between 3999 BC to 6000 AD[9][10]

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Longest annular eclipses[edit]

Date of
eclipse
Central Duration Notes
November 24, 3125 BC 11m36s between 3999 BC to 3000 BC[13]
December 16, 2001 BC 11m36s between 2999 BC to 2000 BC[14]
December 12, 1656 BC 12m07s between 1999 BC to 1000 BC[15]
December 22, 178 BC 12m08s between 999 BC to 0 AD[16]
December 7, 150 AD 12m23s between 3999 BC to 6000 AD[17]

References[edit]