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Fig. 3.34. On 1 October 1486 Saturn was actually in Scorpio.

cated in the Apocalypse. We verified this astronomical result, using the Turbo-Sky software, which is modern, simple, and convenient for those approximated calculations. The result is shown in figures 3.33 to 3.39. We can see the application give us the year 1486 as the astronomical solution. See also fig. 3.40.

The visibility conditions of the planets on the night of 1-2 October 1486 was verified for the Mediterranean by using an observation point in the vicinity of the Bosporus as an example.

It turns out that on 1 October 1486 the sun set at 17:30 local time, that is, at 15:30 GMT.

The crescent of the new moon was visible after sunset until 19:00 local time, after which the Moon set at the local horizon.

Saturn was visible until 20:00 local time.

Jupiter was visible until 21:45 local time.

Mars did not become visible immediately, because it was located below the horizon. It ascended at 21:05 local time and was visible the entire night.

At this time Mercury was located at almost the maximum distance from the sun for the terrestrial observer, almost in the maximum elongation, and had a brightness of M = +0.7. Consequendy, it was located in almost the best visibility conditions from the Earth.

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