Aurorae: The earliest datable observation of the aurora borealis

@article{Stephenson2004AuroraeTE,
  title={Aurorae: The earliest datable observation of the aurora borealis},
  author={F. Stephenson and D. Willis and T. Hallinan},
  journal={Astronomy \& Geophysics},
  year={2004}
}
The Late Babylonian astronomical texts, discovered at the site of Babylon (32.5°N, 44.4°E) more than a century ago, contain what is probably the earliest reliable account of the aurora borealis. A clay tablet recording numerous celestial observations made by the official astronomers during the 37th year of King Nebuchadnezzar II (568/567 BC) describes an unusual “red glow” in the sky at night; the exact date of this observation corresponds to the night of 12/13 March in 567 BC. The most likely… Expand

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