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By Bob Valen 

Today, the sky will darken ominously!

Some tips on the coming solar eclipse


NPS education specialist Janice Elvidge lets people look through a specially filtered telescope at the sun at North Dam Park during the 2015 Harvest Festival. - Scott Hunter photo

With the impending solar eclipse very close, it's nice to know the science of what is happening; humanity doesn't react to the old mythologies that surrounded past solar or lunar eclipse events. The scientific explanation of what we see has brought us beyond the myths.

Many cultures have explained eclipses - solar or lunar - as animals consuming either the sun or the moon, or that demons are the culprits. The Viking sky wolves are a favorite of mine. My Viking ancestors saw a pair of wolves in the sky chasing the sun or the moon. When a wolf caught either of the bright orbs, an eclipse was...

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