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Corrected astronomy timeline may affect delta-T calculations

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Default Corrected astronomy timeline may affect delta-T calculations

Just a heads-up for the astronomy world. A comparison of two key astronomy
references from the Neo-Babylonian period coordinate to to time a specific
eclipse to within one minute, thereby providing the best possible reference
for the Earth's rotational position offset by the delta-T.

This is significant because the current timing for this eclipse is off by
16:14 (16 hours 14 minutes) based upon the resetting of the original eclipse
event. This is coordinated, in turn, by a total eclipse reference found
in a narrative during the 2nd year of Nabonidus. The context was a total
eclipse where the moon set near the very end of totality causing a panic
which led to Nabonidus sacrificing his daughter to the service of the moon
god, Sin. The substitute event for year 2 of Nabonidus in 554 BCE is a
non-match because it is only a partial eclipse which is all but over by the
time of moonset. This dating is a coincidence that occurred in the revised
date for year 2 of Nabonidus where an eclipse just so happened to occur in
the 6th month of year 2 of Nabonidus. But once the timeline is corrected
and the 2nd of Nabonidus restored to 479-478 BCE, then we find a total
eclipse occurring in month 6. Problem is, per current standard calculations
for the current delta-T, this total eclipse in 479 BCE would not have been
in progress during moonset. However, if we adjust the time of the eclipse
so that it sets a minute before the end of totality, just to gauge the type
of adjustment we must make, then the adjustment is around 16:14.

That is precisely the adjustment you must make to correct an eclipse found
in the SK400 erroneously dated to 523 BCE that originally occurred in 541
BCE, year 7 of Nebuchadnezzar. But this SK400 eclipse is confirmed even by
Ptolemy's canon to occur "one hour before midnight." The actual text
reference is 3:20 after "night". "Night" is a division of the night by the
Babylonians that began 32 minutes after sunset. Sunset occurred at 7:09 on
Tammuz 14. Night would have begun at 7:41. 3:20 later begins this eclipse
at 11:01 p.m. which rounds to the nearest 4-minute and thus precisely 1 hour
before midnight.

The re-dating is necessary though because of a second eclipse 6 months later
during the same year that also has a specific time to begin, which is 5
hours before morning. That calculates to beginning at 1:47 a.m. That
means the INTERVAL between the Tammuz 14 eclipse and the Tebet 14 eclipse is
precisely 2:46. The context of these two eclipses in 523 BCE, though, is
a mismatch since the eclipse interval is 4:46, a 2-hour difference. In this
series, the eclipses occurred about 2 hours farther apart every 18 years.
The interval in 541 BCE is precisely 2:46. The significance is that this is
the original "year 7" of Nebuchadnezzar before Greek-period revisions.

Noting that, therefore, the presumption is that these two eclipses with this
specific interval must have occurred at these specific times, that is, the
first eclipse occuring 1 hour before midnight is a true reference for 541
BCE not 523 BCE. That at first suggests an impossible or drastic
adjustment in eclipse times and delta-T of 16;14. But when we apply that to
all other eclipses, the year 2 Nabonidus total eclipse ends up confirming
the adjustment since it would now demonstrate an eclipse that is 1 minute
prior to the end of the totality at moonset, which is the precise
circumstances of the narrative eclipse that caused Nabonidus to have to
sacrifice his daughter. In other words, the moon went dark, turned to blood
and then set over the horizon before a hint of recovery. That's a panic!
A partial eclipse that has all but recovered does not cause a panic as in
the case of the partial eclipse in 554 BCE which was just left on the books
as a substitute coincidence from the revised timeline.

But noting that, the academic issue here is that we have evidence from two
astronomical texts of the precise time these two lunar eclipses were
observed and it shows up the same 16:14 error in the current astronomy
calculations for ancient eclipses based on the current delta-T.

Here is the comparison:

Bottom line is, now that we know about the revisions and can correct them
effectively by extant texts, it is a matter of seeing how long a biased
academic community will get around to making the corrections. Some may not
wish to. I just feel it is my responsibility to make note of it for those
who want to get ahead of the curve to check it out. The truth has a way
of coming out eventually, sooner or later. But whether it is realized
officially sooner or later often depends upon politics.

At any rate, the current eclipse times for lunar eclipses are off by 16+
hours for the 6th century per astronomical records and corrected chronology.
Just in case that's relevant to anybody who is into dealing with reality vs
scientic politically-corrected fantasy.


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