Hermann Hunger

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Observation of Halley's Comet, recorded in cuneiform on a clay tablet between 22 and 28 September 164 BCE, Babylon, Iraq. British Museum.[1]

Hermann Hunger (born 1942), an Austrian Assyriologist, Professor of Assyriology at the University of Vienna, until his retirement (2007).[2] He has been recognized as a leading authority on Babylonian astronomy and celestial omens.[3]

Hunger translated a cuneiform tablet from the Babylonian astronomical diaries that describes the appearance of Halley's Comet in 163 BCE.[4]


  • Mul.Apin, 1989 (with David Pingree). Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik), 1999 (with David Pingree).
  • Astronomical Diaries And Related Texts From Babylonia, 2006.[5]