Clay tablet; Babylonian astronomical diary for the second half of year 148 of the Seleucid Era (=164-163 BC), including observation of Halley's comet in 164 BC; the text states that the comet which had previously been seen in the east in the path of Anu in the area of Pleiades and Taurus, now "passed along in the path of Ea." The date of first visibility according to modern calculations can be dated to about 22nd-28th September 164BC; inscribed on both faces
- Made in: Babylon
- (Asia,Middle East,Iraq,South Iraq,Babylon)
- Height: 12 centimetres
- Width: 10 centimetres
- Thickness: 4 centimetres
- Weight: 511 grammes
LBAT 380+920. Walker, Halley's Comet, 21-27. Sachs-Hunger, ADART 3, no. -163 B. Stephenson, HEER, 1081-10 (fig. 4.4). The text includes a description of a lunar eclipse on 30/31 Macrh 163 BC.
2008-2009 23 Oct-19 Apr, Dresden, Leiter des Heimat und Palitzmuseums, 'Comets'
2008 26 Jun-5 Oct, Berlin, Vorderasiatisches Museum-Pergamonmuseum, 'Babylon, Myth and Truth'.
2008-2009 23 Oct-19 Apr, Dresden, Leiter des Heimat-und Palitzmuseums, 'Comets'.
2006 13 Apr-Dec, BM, G2/169/6.
G52/IRAN/25, from official opening 17/11/95 until 15/12/05.
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/25.
1990 6 May-9 Dec, Austria, Linz, Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, 'Mensch und Kosmos'
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Object reference number: WCT53361
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