PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1

PHOTOS: Solar Eclipse Seen Around the World August 1, 2008
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A total solar eclipse darkens China's 14th-century Jiayuguan fortress in Gansu Province on August 1, 2008.

In ancient times a solar eclipse—called rishi, or "eaten sun," in Chinese—was seen as an evil omen in China. Imperial astrologers are said to have literally lost their heads 4,000 years ago for not predicting a solar eclipse.

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