Did solar eclipses help kick-start human curiosity?

Astronomy magazine has published an article I wrote about the pump of curiosity.


For fun, we can ask two questions. First, are the kind of solar eclipses we experience on Earth rare within the universe? Second, have solar eclipses had any impact on the development of nature? In a forthcoming paper in Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union No. 367, I suggest the answer to both questions is maybe. And that raises a third question: What are the implications?

Published by Graham Jones

Astrophysicist and science communicator