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Willowmound
01-07-2007, 06:14 AM
I'm looking for any source on past astronomical events.

Specifically, for my WIP I'd like to know from where the annular solar eclipse of 807 AD could be seen. I know it was seen in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but that's not where my characters will be.

In general, any list or chart or anything from any period would be helpful to me -- if not for this, then for some other project.

Thanks to you if you have anything at all! :)

Shades of Humanity
01-07-2007, 07:40 PM
I'm looking for any source on past astronomical events.

Specifically, for my WIP I'd like to know from where the annular solar eclipse of 807 AD could be seen. I know it was seen in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but that's not where my characters will be.

In general, any list or chart or anything from any period would be helpful to me -- if not for this, then for some other project.

Thanks to you if you have anything at all! :)

There's this program called Celestia (http://www.shatters.net/celestia/) that's been really helpful for me, and it's free! It might help you out now...or for future projects.

Willowmound
01-08-2007, 05:40 AM
Thank you!

I'll download it and see whether it does what I need. There's not much documentation there...

Willowmound
01-08-2007, 05:49 AM
O M G!!

I love this!!

Thank you, Humanity!

I set the year and the time of day and looked at the right spot on the globe and thought, "there's something wrong here, it's 11 AM but the it's dark." So I flip the globe around, and bang! -- I'm looking straight at the annular eclipse! Of course the ground is dark!

This is perfect!

(Appologies for the way-too-many exclamation marks, but I just got reeeel excited ;) )

Tish Davidson
01-09-2007, 03:50 AM
The US Naval Observatory provides a wealth of astronomical data of this sort. It can be accessed here:
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/

Willowmound
01-09-2007, 03:55 AM
I'll look at that too. Thanks.