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A celestial event—eclipse misconceptions

Humans have watched eclipses since before the dawn of written history, and during this long span of time our scientific understanding of the physical world has grown enormously. As a consequence, many of the older ideas we had about the causes and effects of total solar eclipses have been replaced by detailed physical explanations. Nevertheless, some older ideas seem remarkably resistant to replacement by the more scientifically-correct explanations. Here are a few of the most popular ones!

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.

– Edwin Powell Hubble, American Astronomer, 1889–1953

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