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Babbage, Charles, 73-74, 263 Babylon, Babylonia, Babylonians comet of 5 B.C. and, 21 day length and, 148 Greece and, 18 Jewish Exile in, 28 lunar eclipses in, 54, 57 on Metonic cycle, 43 on precession of equinoxes, 397 on predicting eclipses, 36 recording of eclipses by, 14-16, 26, 72, 80, 82, 83-89, 155-156 sabattu and, 28 saros and, 46, 85-86, 89 total solar eclipses in, 54, 328

Baily, Francis, 11, 135, 180, 182, 263 Baily's beads, 11, 12, 135, 180-182,

187, 337, 339, 435 Baker, Stanley, 210 Balls, tennis, 107 Banks, Sir Joseph, 286 Barycenter, 69, 315, 384-386, 387,

388, 389, 435 Baseball Hall of Fame, 185 Bede, the Venerable, 377-378, 379 Bedouins, 175 Bell Laboratories, 217 Benedict Biscop, Saint, 369, 377 Beta Persei, 322 Bevis, John, 304, 305 Bible, 19-20, 21-23, 184, 189, 192, 367, 373. See also New English Bible Binoculars, 32, 301, 328, 329 Black-drop effect, 282, 283, 284 Blake,William, 356 Bloomsday, 185

Blue moon, xi, xii, xiii, 229, 240243

Bond, William, 232

Boston Globe, 185, 203, 208 Boston Independent Chronicle, 183 Bowditch, Nathaniel, 184, 185, 187, 194

Brahe, Tycho, 57 Breen, Aidan, 372 Britain, British, 44, 91-93, 94-95, 117-118, 359-361, 368-371, 375

British Museum, 155 Brown, Ernest, 69, 223-224

Brunei, Isambard Kingdom, 263 Butler, Samuel, 25 Byzantium, Byzantines, 174, 359

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