Violence, sex and rage: There's nothing light about the folklore of eclipses. by AP

August 21, 2019

It’s not just the skies that get dark when there’s a total solar eclipse. So do we...

The Role of Solar Eclipses in Religion | NPR Radio

August 18, 2019

Our fascination with solar eclipses like the one coming up Monday is thousands of years old. It was thought that the sudden disappearance of the Sun was one of those mysteries that only the gods could explain.

This 5,000-year-old stone carving may be the world’s first drawing of an eclipse by Christopher Ingraham

August 18, 2019

An unassuming grass-covered stone mound outside Dublin may be home to the world’s oldest visual representation of a solar eclipse...

The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths by Jonah Engel Bromwich

August 18, 2017

Anthony Aveni, a cultural astronomer and the author of the 2017 book “In ... The Ch'orti', indigenous Mayas, believed “an eclipse of the sun that ...

Science and Literature: Coming Together for the All-American Solar Eclipse by Amy Wright

July 26, 2017

Ten minutes before totality—astronomer Anthony Aveni sets the stage for readers who have not seen a total solar eclipse—the light will be almost fifty thousand times brighter than a full moonlit sky. Still, effects will be noticeable, he says: “As the crescent slims,..."

In A Class Of His Own

May 01, 2017

At 2:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, astronomy professor Tony Aveni closed his last class, retiring after 54 years on the hill...

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