Sunday, January 16, 2011

2,100-yr-old Greek Coin Offers Insights Into Rare Astronomical Event

A new research suggests that an unusual Greek coin, minted around 120 BC, may have marked a rare astronomical event - when Jupiter was eclipsed by the Moon.

It happened on January 17, 121 BC and was visible in Antioch, the capital of the Seleucid Empire.

The coin had a portrait of Antiochos VIII, the king who minted it, on one side and god Zeus with a crescent moon above his head and a star-like object (may be Jupiter) hovering above the palm of his right hand on the other side . . .

Full story at: Sify News

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