What scientists will be watching during this total eclipse
Eclipses have fascinated humanity for as long as history records. We don't think of them as messages from angry gods, or signs that a monster is eating the sun anymore. But millions of people staring up at the sky on Monday will be just as thrilled as their ancestors might have been, even though they know they're watching astronomy - not magic.
David Baron is the author of American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. His book looks back at the eclipse of 1878, which attracted scientists to the United States from all over the world to answer some of the big astronomical questions of the time.
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