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There was at the same time something in its singular and wonderful
appearance that was appalling: and I can readily imagine that uncivilized
nations may occasionally have become alarmed and
terrified at such an object.
Some people see a partial eclipse and wonder why others talk so much
about a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse and saying that you
have seen an eclipse is like standing outside an opera house and saying
that you have seen the opera; in both cases, you have missed the main
- Jay Pasachoff (1983)
On occasion, such as will happen on August 21, 2017
, the Moon will pass briefly in front of the Sun and cast its shadow on the Earth. Through a great cosmic coincidence, the size of the Moon as seen from the Earth appears to be just about the same size as the Sun; the Moon just blocks the light from the Sun's surface but leaves the light from the Sun's outer atmosphere visible thus creating a beautiful total solar eclipse.
To continue, please use the links :
Eclipse Information Page
, The Solar Corona
, Eclipses in History