Astronomical Dates in Shang and Western Zhou

@article{Pankenier1981AstronomicalDI,
  title={Astronomical Dates in Shang and Western Zhou},
  author={David W. Pankenier},
  journal={Early China},
  year={1981},
  volume={7},
  pages={2 - 37}
}
This article reports the discovery in the Bamboo Annals of verifiable accounts of the general conjunctions of planets witnessed by Shang and Zhou dynasty observers, which occurred in 1576 and 1059 B.C. Besides exploring the connections between the planetary phenomena and mythologized accounts of the same events in Zhou and Han texts, the significance of these astronomical dates is discussed in reference to the events surrounding the Zhou Conquest of Shang and the founding of the Shang dynasty… 

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