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Eclipse Facts and Fancies

When the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun then comes a rare happening that can stun, above all a syzygy alliance, the term from the Greek in astro-science. Once solar eclipses in history were viewed as a frightening mystery. Cultural superstitions abounded as rumors spread far and wide unfounded. Many imagined the light was devoured by dragons or beasts super empowered. Herodotus wrote of one that brought peace and made warring factions their battle cease. The Chinese of old took drastic measures against stargazers for drunken pleasures that altered their senses though being skilled; hence they failed in prediction and were killed. A poem was penned to commemorate the court officials’ miserable fate, which stated, ‘though sad, it was risible that they could not spy the invisible’. The death of England’s King Henry the first prompted the notion of omens accursed for rulers; ‘twas just after one had passed described as that “hideous darkness” vast. There are tales and legends to tell galore. But later on, researchers learned much more. Curiously, helium was revealed because of our star’s disk being concealed. Yet the one that is “most important” called, made Einstein famous, and left him enthralled, was the shadowing of nineteen nineteen when theory entered the proven scene. Eddington relativity tested— which to this day has never been bested as general cosmic model supreme— showing warped spacetime through bent starlight scheme. In the total umbra it’s black as night till the exiting shroud sets the Sol right. At starting and finish as it proceeds occurs the spectacle of Baily’s beads with a ‘diamond ring’ that’s an extra boon resulting from the terrain of the moon; thereupon that stellar phenomenon is gone, though its memory lingers on. Thus, solar eclipses provide a chance to astronomical knowledge advance as well as to witness a great event, one that is literally heaven-sent! Then it’s back to our grinds and muddled minds wherever our personal path unwinds… ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * Poem composed for the occasion of the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21,2017…

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Date: 5/9/2019 11:28:00 AM
Oh, I got it. Thank you for your detailed commentary, Harley. P.S.: I saw solar eclipses twice. That's how Einsteins differ from common people)
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Date: 5/8/2019 2:28:00 PM
Lovely poem. As always) P.S.: What is Einstein's nineteen nineteen?
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Date: 5/9/2019 6:05:00 AM
Thank you! To answer your question, see the following: Einstein was a little known scientist in 1915 when he proposed his general theory of relativity, a milestone in physics that says what we perceive as the force of gravity is actually from the curvature of space and time. It explains the motion of planets, black holes and the bending of light from distant galaxies. Continued in next reply:
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Date: 5/9/2019 6:05:00 AM
Continued from previous reply: Einstein couldn’t prove it but said one way to do so was to show that light from a distant star bends during an eclipse. During a 1919 eclipse, Arthur Eddington observed the right amount of bending, something that couldn’t be done without the moon's shadow eclipsing the sun.
Date: 8/29/2017 1:34:00 PM
Hello Harley, what a magnificent poem, I learnt a lot of things I didn't know and you wrote it so entertainingly. I witnessed an eclipse in England 1999 and it cannot help but affect one. Your couplet at the end is also very poignant. Kind regards, Kevin
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Harley White
Date: 8/29/2017 4:46:00 PM
Thank you, Kevin, for reading my poem and for your complimentary words! I appreciate your sharing of your experience as well. I learned quite a bit in my research for writing it, too, which was an added benefit. I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed the poem and my bringing us back to our daily reality at the end. Again, thank you and warm regards!
Date: 8/21/2017 11:00:00 PM
Stellar poem! Thanks for sharing.
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Harley White
Date: 8/22/2017 4:56:00 AM
My pleasure! I appreciate your response.
Date: 8/21/2017 11:14:00 AM
Very nicely penned..great scientific facts
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Date: 8/21/2017 2:41:00 PM
Thank you! I'm pleased that you liked it...