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Clifford J. Cunningham (Annals of Astronomy)

Dr. Clifford Cunningham is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland (Australia). He is Editor of the Historical and Cultural Astronomy book series published by Springer; Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage; and Managing Editor of the online newspaper Sun News Austin. Since 1988 he has written or edited 15 books, including 7 asteroid books. Asteroid (4276) Clifford is named in his honor.


In this Medieval year, an emperor, a monk — and several ancient texts — hoped to understand solar eclipses.

Astronomy likely influenced the Scottish poet Robert Henryson.

The medieval conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter was blamed for a plethora of events, including the greatest catastrophe to befall Europe.

When thoughtful scientific examination sets the historic record straight.

Before we had high-resolution observations of the Sun, explanations for sunspots ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Computing celestial alignments may be routine today, but for medieval astronomers it was a major undertaking.

How the event helped a 14th Century astronomer reconnect with Ptolemy’s era.