The ancient Chinese thought total solar eclipses occurred when a dragon swallowed the Sun, and the ancient Babylonians thought total solar eclipses to be an omen of the near future death of a king. The moon's diameter is 400x smaller than the Sun, but by complete coincidence, the moon is 400x closer to the Earth than the Sun. The 1st person to ever accurately predict a total solar eclipse was Edmund Halley, in 1715, by using mathematics provided by his friend Sir Isaac Newton. Halley's mathemati...
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