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The  Story  of  Eclipses 

George  F.  Chambers 

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The  Story  of  Eclipses 

George  F.  Chambers 

Solar  eclipses  have  both  frightened  and  fascinated  humankind  for  thousands  of 
years.  At  first  believed  to  be  caused  by  angry  gods  punishing  the  people  on 
Earth,  we  now  know  that  a  solar  eclipse  occurs  when  the  Moon  passes  between 
the  Earth  and  the  Sun  and  fully  or  partially  covers  the  Sun.  Ever  since  scientists 
were  able  to  predict  the  next  solar  eclipse,  people  -  at  least  the  less 
superstitious  ones  -  wanted  to  go  there  and  see  it  for  themselves. 

This  book,  published  in  1899,  was  written  for  potential  spectators  of  the  total 
eclipse  of  the  Sun  on  May  28,  1900.  It  deals  with  the  science  behind  solar 
eclipses  and  their  prediction,  and  lists  a  number  of  known  historic  eclipses  from 
antiquity  to  the  19th  century.  Also  included  are  eclipses  mentioned  in  books, 
strange  customs  surrounding  the  eclipses,  and  how  best  to  watch  one. 


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