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The Eclipse of 21 June 1629 in Beijing in the Context of the Reform of the Chinese Calendar

  title={The Eclipse of 21 June 1629 in Beijing in the Context of the Reform of the Chinese Calendar},
  author={Sperello di Serego Alighieri and Elisabetta Corsi},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
This paper examines the predictions made by Chinese, Muslim and Jesuit astronomers of the eclipse of 21 June 1629 in Beijing, allegedly the event that determined Emperor Chongzhen's resolution to reform the calendar using the Western method. In order to establish the accuracy of these predictions, as reported at the time by the Chinese scholar and convert Xu Guangqi, we have compared them with an accurate reconstruction of the eclipse made at NASA. In contrast with current opinions, we argue… 

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