Cultural Meanings Of The Eclipse

Cultural Meanings Of The Eclipse

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All cultures, including our own, have intimate connections with the sun, the moon, the stars, and other celestial phenomena observed in the night sky. These connections appear in mythologies and religions, as well as in human settlement and subsistence. They are as old as culture itself and change through time just as cultures adapt to new circumstances through time. Cultural astronomer Lee Minnerly, a former archives assistant at Adler Planetarium’s Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy and lecturer at the Newberry Library, joins us to discuss several cultural meanings of the eclipse.