Long-term fluctuations in the Earth’s rotation: 700 BC to AD 1990

  title={Long-term fluctuations in the Earth’s rotation: 700 BC to AD 1990},
  author={Francis Richard Stephenson and Leslie V. Morrison and Fred T. Smith},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A: Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  pages={165 - 202}
Records of solar and lunar eclipses in the period 700 BC to AD 1600, originating from the ancient and medieval civilizations of Babylon, China, Europe and the Arab world, are amassed and critically appraised for their usefulness in answering questions about the long-term variability of the Earth’s rate of rotation. Results from previous analyses of lunar occupations in the period AD 1600-1955.5, and from high-precision data in AD 1955.5-1990, are included in the dataset considered in this paper… Expand

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