In one of my previous posts I mentioned that there would be a solar eclipse today over Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.
What is it about a solar eclipse that still excites us?
Why does it still seem magical? Mystical?
I can understand that for our ancestors this was a disturbing phenomenon, but why is it still so enchanting for us? Don't we all know it's only one object in the way of another. Nothing more to it. Is all!
We love the mysterious and the supernatural, one might say, yet a solar eclipse isn't supernatural. It is very natural, only in a super, grand way.
I react the same way to any eclipse and I can't understand why. I read fantasy knowing very well it is just that. Why then do I bother? What is it that attracts me to a world I don't live in? What is it that attracts all of us?
If you want to read a beutiful magical eclipse experience, please read Yzabel's description in the comments.
There's also a pretty picture in the Guardian.
Uploaded on October 3, 2005
Categories: science, writing