When the Moon Rains Shark Teeth

Gazing into the Eclipse

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.

Cosmic Canvas: Druckmuller's Solar Eclipse

Cosmic Canvas: Total Eclipse of the Sun

Photograph of a Total Solar Eclipse (1860)

I previously blogged about our understanding of eclipses during the age of myth and early Indian astronomy. With this 1860 image by Warren De La Rue, we enter the photographic era of eclipse.

Indian Astronomy and the Hindu Demon of Eclipse

Meet the Hindu eclipse demon who longs to eat the sun but was nice enough to bow to advancements in Indian astronomy.