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Culminating Stars in Babylonian Astronomy
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ID 4492458
Author(s) Gautschy, Rita
Author(s) at UniBasel Gautschy, Rita
Year 2018
Title Culminating Stars in Babylonian Astronomy
Journal Journal for the history of astronomy
Volume 49
Number 4
Pages 503-504
Keywords Babylonian astronomy
Abstract Babylonian rising time schemes specify positions at or close to culminating stars when the Sun rises or sets for selected dates of a year. In an advanced version, points on the ecliptic rising on the eastern horizon instead of the Sun are given in relation to culminating stars. The attribution of rising times corresponds to the determination of oblique ascensions, that is, the relationship between arcs on the ecliptic and their respective arcs on the celes- tial equator. All the preserved texts dealing with this topic are descriptive; this means that they recount astronomical facts but do not explain how the recorded data can be used.
Publisher Science history publications
ISSN/ISBN 0021-8286
URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0021828618781367
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/67729/
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1177/0021828618781367
 
   

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