[LEAPSECS] [Non-DoD Source] Re: new delta-T data point

Matsakis, Demetrios N CIV NAVOBSY, N3TS demetrios.matsakis at navy.mil
Fri Nov 3 14:55:58 EDT 2017

The quote below (from biblegateway.com) may imply a meteor shower also took a toll on their adversaries.    Perhaps someone should scan the area for meteorites suitably below ground?

...   having marched all night from Gilgal.  10 So the Lord routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.  11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

12 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:

"Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon."

So the sun stood still,
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.

Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.  14 And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.

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On Mon 2017-10-30T16:23:57-0700 Tom Van Baak hath writ:
> In the news...
> https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article/58/5/5.39/4159289/Solar-ecli
> pse-of-1207-BC-helps-to-date ( 
> https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-pdf/58/5/5.39/20098470/atx17
> 8.pdf )

Alas for Delta T on date -1206 October 30, that annular eclipse moves almost entirely along a parallel of latitude, so Delta T pretty much only affects the endpoint where the eclipse happened at sunset.

I'm a bit disturbed by the plotted path of that eclipse because it is very wide and includes the entire Nile delta as well as modern Palestine, Israel, Jordan, and Baghdad at sunset.  Unless weather prevented it, somebody else should have made a record of that eclipse.

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