Title

An introduction to astronomical events recorded in the Russian chronicles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2002

Abstract

These excerpts from the Russian chronicles describe events that occurred in the eleventh century. Those interested in history may be pleasantly surprised to discover that such \vritten accounts exist and can be explored. Astronomy enthusiasts will find the reference to the 'portent in the west' of interest. What object was the chronicler describing? Can it be identified? Can the date be confirmed by other sources? In this article, several astronomical events from the Russian chronicles will be examined including accounts of solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, comets, aurorae, sunspots, and meteor showers.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

First Page

236

Last Page

243

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