So if there was some kind of artificial eclipse, how long could life on earth last without technology? I am asking this question because I am currently involved in table top RPG game set in the 15th century, in which a mysterious disk has covered the sun much like what would happen in an eclipse. Don't ask how or why it is there, we don't know yet! ;D
The sunlight hitting the top of the atmosphere is about 3 kilowatts per square meter at noon local time. At night, the heat absorbed during the day radiates into space, so the heat lost at night is roughly equal to the heat gained during the day. This results in a temperature swing of about 20 degrees F. So with no heat input during the day, the surface temperature drops about 20 degrees F every night and does not come back up. Four days to go from 80F to 0F. Four days to crop failure.
Solar ECLIPSES take place only at the time of the new moon, not when the moon is full, as is the case at Passover time. The darkness caused on the day of Jesus’ death was a miracle from God. The moon is “a faithful witness in the skies.” Therefore, eclipses can be calculated centuries in advance. (Psalm 89:37) West Africa had to wait almost 60 years to see this one. The next one visible from West Africa is due during the year 2081. Perhaps you will have the opportunity to observe an unforgettable eclipse in your area much sooner.
EDEN: “The sons of Eden” mentioned at 2 Kings 19:12 and Isaiah 37:12 may refer to the people of Beth-eden, perhaps the “Eden” of Ezekiel 27:23.
The Deluge, an act of God, evidently wiped out all traces of the garden of Eden itself. Ezekiel 31:18 suggests that “the trees of Eden” were already long out of existence by the seventh century B.C.E. So all those who searched for a still-existing garden of Eden in later times were misguided.
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