PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1

PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1, 2008
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A plane flies in front of the sun--and over Upminster, U.K.--during the partial eclipse on August 1, 2008. Unlike ancient Chinese, the pilots were unlikely to have been on the lookout for scaly sky monsters.

According to NASA astronomer Sten Odenwald, it wasn't until about the first century A.D. that Chinese astrologers understood that the moon had a role in solar eclipses.

Before then, "they tended to think more mythologically, that there was a dragon taking a chomp out of the sun and that sort of thing." (See "Eclipses in Ancient China Spurred Science, Beheadings?" [July 29, 2008].)

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