A Rare, Spectacular Total Eclipse of the Sun

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According to some ancient Mesopotamians, "The sun was put to shame" during a 14th century total solar eclipse. How can the moon, which is 400 times smaller than the sun, completely cover it? This video demonstrates the answer graphically. Also explained are several historic events that happened during a total solar eclipse. Viewers will look forward to August 21, 2017 when another of these spectacular events will occur! Your lesson on the sun will shine when you include this video clip!

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  • Animation worthy of the phenomenon
  • Comprehension and discussion questions provided on host website

  • No actual footage of an eclipse