Solar eclipses and curiosity

Graham Jones, solar eclipse, Angola

Astrophysicist and science communicator based in Japan. BSc in Astrophysics from Royal Holloway, University of London. MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh. Language teacher at the University of Shiga Prefecture (near Kyoto). Part of the team at timeanddate.com.

I’m interested in the idea that solar eclipses could have acted as a pump of curiosity for early humans. If the kind of solar eclipses we experience on Earth are rare within the Universe, human-like curiosity may also be rare.


I-M VolXIII The pump of curiosityAn essay for I-M on the Fermi paradox and the pump of curiosity.

Solar eclipse, sunset, ArgentinaOur timeanddate.com livestream of the July 2019 total solar eclipse.

Graham Jones, Physics World, top 5 filmsMy selection of the top films about science or scientists for Physics World.

Graham Jones, Sky & Telescope, ephemeral moments in the skyA piece for Sky & Telescope on the top 10 ephemeral moments in the sky.


Why is this website called Ten Sentences?
It’s a tribute to Abraham Lincoln. His Gettysburg Address is a timeless example of language and communication — and it contains just ten sentences. Lincoln was also a champion of science and education.