The Ancient Astronomy of Easter Island: Kirch's Comet

10 Jul 2016  ·  Rjabchikov Sergei ·

A fragment of the folklore text "Apai" that was once put down on Easter Island contains a report about astronomical observations of Kirch's Comet or the Great Comet of 1680-1681 A.D. (C/1680 V1) and the partial solar eclipse of March 19, 1681 A.D. Some astronomical aspects of the local cult of bird-men have been discussed, too...

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