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Fear led ancient civilizations to study the skies
7/13/2017
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Solar eclipses have long inspired unease and many cultures have seen the phenomenon as a bad omen, but that unease also inspired modern astronomy, explains Maya Wei-Haas. Several ancient civilizations believed eclipses were so important that they learned to predict them by carefully tracking astrological movements and unusual events to create calendars.

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