That Time The Eclipse Succeeded In Stopping A War That Lasted 6 Years

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The events that can stop a war are certainly not many, except the defeat or surrender of one side. However, on May 28, 585 B.C., during the battle between the Medes and the Lids that took place in Asia Minor, an astronomical event succeeded in stopping a war that had lasted for six years: the solar eclipse.

Thanks to the appearance of the eclipse, the two armies laid down their weapons and accepted both sides a truce.

It was not the first to be recorded at that time because in fact the Babylonian clay tablets found by archaeologists were already mentioned as eclipses in 1375 BC, Ugarit. Later, total eclipses were observed in 1063 BC and 763 BC respectively, however, that of 583 was the first that astronomers of the time could predict.

Herodotus, the famous Greek historian, told that it was Miletus’ Taletus, considered the first true philosopher of Western culture, who preached it. He also added that it would take place in a year when the Medes and the Lids were at war and were right, or at least so it seems.

The scholars of every age discussed this for over two thousand years as according to some sources this eclipse predicted by Talete happened perhaps in 610 BC, or 25 years before 28 May 583 BC.

On the other hand, it is not easy to predict a solar eclipse because it is not enough to calculate when it will happen but also where it will be visible. You need to know the orbit of the moon, since when the satellite passes in front of the sun the event is visible only on the side of the Earth where it is night. The Greeks did not have the technology to predict it, or at least so many believe. Although the discovery of the Anticythira machine, the mechanism that has amazed historians around the world, turns the cards a bit on the table.

Whatever method Talente foretold the eclipse, what is certain is that it occurred and the struggles between Medes and Lids for over 15 years ended.

If you like the spectacular astronomical events called eclipses you cannot miss the amazing images of the IS of the eclipse “ring of fire.”

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