The eclipsing moon reveals the sun's glowing corona. This painting wil be up on Every Day Original on Monday, the day of the eclipse.
"Imagine it's 10,000 years ago... You're out hunting or planting seeds, or whatever, and the sun, the giver of all light and heat, turns black. You'ld probably want to figure that out." Check out this great video from Oregon Public Broadcasting about the eclipse
"A lot of early civilizations feared eclipses. They were seen as an attack on the sun or moon by the forces of darkness, but now that we understand our place in space, eclipses are an occasion for awe and for gratitude. All over the galaxy rocks are casting shadows on other rocks, but only here, as far as we know, is there someone to notice them." -Joss Fong (Vox)
"If you want to know when the next eclipse of the Sun will be, you might try magicians or mystics, but you'll do much better with scientists ... They can routinely predict a solar eclipse, to the minute, a millennium in advance ... Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy ... There isn't a religion on the planet that doesn't long for a comparable ability - precise, and repeatedly demonstrated before committed skeptics - to foretell future events. No other human institution comes close. Is this Worshiping at the altar of science? ... Far from idolatry, this is the means by which we can distinguish the false idols from the real thing." -Carl Sagan The Demon Haunted World, Science as a Candle in the Dark