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585 BCE The Eclipse of Thales

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It is the earliest eclipse recorded as being known in advance of its occurrence. How exactly Thales predicted the eclipse remains uncertain. The eclipse was interpreted as an omen and interrupted a battle in a long-standing war between the Medes and the Lydians. The fighting immediately stopped, and they agreed to a truce.
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    • Essentials 

    • Herodotus' account 

    • Thales' prediction 

    • The eclipse