Amid the regular cycle of sun and moon stalks a darkness -- a darkness that ancient humans perceived as cosmic abandonment, portent and demonic disruption. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the celestial mechanics, mythology and terrestrial ramifications of solar and lunar eclipses.
Gazing into the Eclipse
Image Caption: In this handout provided by NASA, sun spots are seen as the moon moves into a partial eclipse position after reaching annularity during the first annular eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1994 on May 20, 2012. (JAXA/NASA/Hinode via Getty)
How Lunar Eclipses Work (HSW Article)
How Solar Eclipses Work (HSW Article)
The Dark (podcast)
Over the Moon (podcast)
Mining the Moon (podcast)