8 images of solar eclipses
Tue, May 08 2012 at 7:04 PM
"The sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist has overspread the world," wrote Homer in the Odyssey. Homer was, in fact, referring to a great solar eclipse, which National Geographic points out happened on April 16, 1178 BC. Solar eclipses have always had a significant influence on humanity and have been traditionally seen as fearful signs of impending doom. The ancient Chinese, for example, thought a solar eclipse meant that a dragon was trying to eat the sun. The Incas had a similar theory that a creature trying to destroy our star.
Today, experts are equally enthralled with solar eclipses. They provide an excellent opportunity to gather information about the sun in relation to the Earth — and they also produce some amazing photos. And so, we’ve gathered eight outstanding images of solar eclipses from across the globe.