Daily cosmobite: Today’s eclipse and Saros 153

Antikythrera mechanismThe appearance of eclipses is governed by the Saros cycle, a long sequence of eclipses occurring at 18 year intervals. Today’s eclipse is part of Saros 153 and many cycles are in play at any one time. Australia will not see an eclipse in the Saros 153 cycle until the year 2501!

 

The remarkable Antikythera mechanism had the Saros cycle programmed into its gearing to  predict eclipses.

 

 

 

 

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