It is said that the great eclipse of 585 B.C. took place as the ancient Lydians were locked in battle with the Medes. They settled their differences on the spot.
Today we're more scientific about it all -- or at least we think we are. We know that a solar eclipse, like the one that will be seen Sunday in the southern reaches of the Pacific Ocean, is a routine -- albeit spectacular -- product of orbital mechanics. It happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.
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