Cosmic Canvas: Total Eclipse of the Sun

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I'm continually fascinated by the power of eclipse to capture and stir the human imagination -- especially when you imagine this celestial event reoccurring throughout the entire expanse of human history.

Here we see the 1842 painting "The Total Eclipse of the Sun" by Johann Christian Schoeller (1782-1851), depicting the July 8th, 1842 solar eclipse as viewed from Vienna, Austria. They seem rather entertained by the event and unconcerned with the end of days.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.