On August 21, 2017, over ten million Americans will witness the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. Tens of thousands are expected to travel to see it. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer, artist, and “night sky ambassador” Tyler Nordgren takes us around the world to examine how different cultures interpreted eclipses. Ancient Chinese astrologers believed they foretold the destiny of their emperor, while Mayan high priests thought they heralded life-altering events for humankind. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. Modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity. Nordgren seeks to offer the ultimate guide for eclipse watchers and stargazers alike.
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