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Eclipse coincidences…?

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Sometimes coincidences can be really eerie, and I think the eclipses of 1485 and 2015 fall into that category, because of Anne Neville’s death during one, and because there is to be another on Friday, immediately prior to the reinterment week of Richard III.. See http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/royal-history/art520910-experts-say-fridays-solar-eclipse-mirrors-astronomical-events-during-last-year-of-richard-iii.

There are 530 years between 1485 and 2015, and if you go another back a further 530 years, it seems there were three eclipses in 995 , partial, annular and total. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_solar_eclipses_in_the_10th_century From what I can gather, one or other of these would have been seen in the United Kingdom. But don’t quote me, as I’m no expert, just someone who finds the 530 year thing interesting.

The curious link to Richard III is that in 995 the body of his favourite saint, Cuthbert, was moved to Ripon, Yorkshire, due to another Danish invasion. I’m not going to look at 425, when yes, there was an annular eclipse. What events there may have been I do not know, let alone whether one of them could be conceived as a link to Richard.

Yes, yes, I know eclipses are common, but looking for a thread is tempting, if not scientific…

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A Double Eclipse

On 16th March 1485, there was a total eclipse of the sun. The locations from which the whole of the sun would be obscured lay to the south of England, so that from England more than 80% of the sun would be obscured, enough to reduce the light and make the day darken ominously. It was on this day that Anne Neville, Queen of Richard III, passed away and the eclipse was seen as an evil omen, reflecting Richard’s supposes evil character. Of course, these days we understand the physics involved and know that it doesn’t represent anything evil. However, it appears (according to my research and I could be wrong) that on that day the sight the people would have seen if they looked up at the sky would have been like this:Eclipse

To me this looks like a frown! Perhaps God/the universe was sad about her death.

Interestingly, on 20th March this year 2015, almost exactly 530 years later (and yes, I know the dates change because of the different calendars but even so…), just before the re-interment of Richard, there will be another total eclipse of the sun. Again, the area where the sun is completely obscured is not over the UK, but this time it is to the North of us, meaning that what we will see in the sky (at about 9.30am) will look like this:

Eclipse1Is that a smiley face or what? The universe must be happy that Richard is being given a proper burial at last. So let’s all smile!

Here is a link to see how the eclipse will unfold on March 20th:

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london

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