On August 21st, 2017, North America will be treated to a rare total solar eclipse - the first total solar eclipse in the continental US in 38 years.
The 70-mile wide "path of totality," where the moon will completely cover the sun for a couple minutes, covers a wide swath of the United States - 14 states from the northwest to the southeast.
Today, of course, we understand the dynamics of the moon, earth, and sun - but what about ancient times? What did other cultures throughout history think? How did they explain the daytime darkness and the sun's disappearance?
Note: the linked article is from an eclipse in 2013, but the historical information is interesting, nevertheless.