The scary history of lunar eclipses

In ancient times, people were terrified when lunar eclipses occurred.
By Karen Saltos | Jul 27, 2018
The moon lights up the night sky. Therefore, it is no surprise that, long ago, when the moon glowed red and disappeared during a lunar eclipse, people were terrified.

The second blood moon of 2018 will occur tomorrow. NASA predicts it will appear to be blood, glowing creepy red. The first record of a total lunar eclipse comes from China

According to an 1899 book, The Story of Eclipses by George Chambers, the first eclipse in history occurred on January 29, 1136 BC. Scientists found Bamboo Annals in the tomb of King Xiang of Wei. This was a chronicle of early China's Warring States Period.

The text refers to a total lunar eclipse that probably took place in 1059 BC. In those times; they regarded it as an important omen, signaling to the king Wen of the Zou dynasty that it was time to confront his Shang overlord.

In the fourth year of the 91st Olympiad by the ancient Greek calendar, a lunar eclipse led to disaster for the Athenian army. The soldiers were in Sicily, Italy and doing badly. Illness broke out among the troops and their commander Niclas decided that the Athenians should leave the island.

The calamity happened, as expected. The Syracusan army captured the panicking Athenian Soldiers before they could escape.

It is unlikely that the July 27 eclipse will have a dramatic effect on history. However, we can hope for a colorful show.


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