Thales of Miletus Predicts the Solar Eclipse of 585 BC

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  1. Christian

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    On this day in history, May 28, 585 BC...

    A solar eclipse occurred, which was accurately predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales of Miletus. The prediction was recorded in The Histories by Herodotus, during the Battle of Halys while Alyattes, king of Lydia was engaged in war with Cyaxares, King of Media. leading to a truce. According to Herodotus, the appearance of the eclipse was interpreted as an omen, and interrupted a battle in a long-standing war between the Medes and the Lydians. The fighting immediately stopped, and they agreed to a truce. Because astronomers can calculate the dates of historical eclipses, this battle has been described as being the earliest historical event whose date is known with precision to the day