Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate how on May 25th 585 B.C., the first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.
So who was it back then that discover the first solar eclipse in Greece?
The Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus accurately predicted a solar eclipse, according to The Histories of Herodotus.
If Herodotus’ account is accurate, this eclipse is the earliest recorded as being known in advance of its occurrence. Many historians believe that the predicted eclipse was the solar eclipse of May 28, 585 BC.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (tektamos) gives you beautiful show of who Thales of Miletus was back then, as we celebrate how on May 25th 585 B.C., the first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.
Who was Thales of Miletus?
Thales was born in the city of Miletus around the mid 620s BC, although some historians say he was a Phoenician who immigrated to Miletus with his parents. He was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, mathematician and astronomer from Miletus in Asia Minor.
The dates of Thales’ life are not exactly known but are roughly established by a few datable events mentioned in the sources.
Thales died at the age of 78 during the 58th Olympiad (548–545 BC) and attributes his death to heat stroke while watching the games.
Aristotle, the major source for Thales’s philosophy and science, identified Thales as the first person to investigate the basic principles, the question of the originating substances of matter and, therefore, as the founder of the school of natural philosophy.
Thales’ hypotheses were new and bold, and in freeing phenomena from godly intervention, he paved the way towards scientific endeavor on May 25th 585 B.C., of his first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.
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