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Goal year text

Part of this tablet records when and where several different stars and planets appeared in the sky.

It is dated in the 148th year of the Seleucid Era, under king Antiochus IV, on the 26th of the month Nisannu, and says that Mercury appeared in the west in the Bull.

It also records that in the month of Ayyaru, at the beginning of the second night, Mercury was 1 ½ cubits below the northern part of the Chariot.

At the beginning of the 3rd night Mercury was above the southern part of the Chariot. At the beginning of the 9th night Mercury was 1 cubit and 4 fingers above the front star of the Twins' feet.

At the beginning of the 11th night Mercury was 1 cubit 4 fingers above the rear star of the Twins' feet. At the beginning of the 15th night Mercury was 4 ½ cubits above the Twins' star near the Shepherd.

In the month Simanu, the 3rd night was the last visibility of Mercury.

Tablet translation

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