The visionair Immanuel Velikovsky (1895-1979) thought this was proof that the proto-planet Mars came very the the earth. Now, scientists have found another explanation for that mythical story.
Going back to the original Hebrew text, they determined that an alternative meaning could be that the sun and moon just stopped doing what they normally do: they stopped shining. In this context, the Hebrew words could be referring to a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, and the sun appears to stop shining. This interpretation is supported by the fact that the Hebrew word translated ‘stand still’ has the same root as a Babylonian word used in ancient astronomical texts to describe eclipses.”
Earlier historians have used these two texts to try to date the possible eclipse, but were unsuccessful as they were only looking at total eclipses. What they failed to understand was in the ancient world the same word was used for both total and annular eclipses.
|[Path of Solar Eclipse in 1207 BC]|
I suppose you're now wondering why the column mentions 1207 BC and the image -1206? This is because the image was generated using astronomy software and the convention in astronomy is that there is no year zero between 1 BC and AD1. However, in the Julian calendar used by historians there is a year zero, hence in this calendar the date is 30 October 1207 BC. So both dates are correct.
 Velikovsky: Worlds in Collision – 1950
 Humphreys, Waddington: Solar eclipse of 1207 BC helps to date pharaohs in News and Reviews Astronomy and Geophysics - 2017. See here.
 Personal communication with Colin Humphreys (9 November 2017)