Watching the Moon creep across the Sun, blot out its brilliance, and then slowly reveal it once more is an experience that fills us with awe.
A total solar eclipse is one of Nature's grandest spectacles, and is something everyone should try to see at least once in their life.
In the folklore of many cultures, tales speak of a monster attacking the Sun, only to let it free again when the right prayers are said. The ancient Chinese described eclipses as a dragon devouring the Sun—in fact, their word for eclipse came from their word meaning "eat."
Eclipses have even stopped wars. Herodotus writes of an eclipse on 28 May 585 BC. The Medes and Lydians of Asia Minor had been fighting for more than five years and were in battle that day, when the Sun grew dark unexpectedly. At the frightening sight, both sides immediately sought peace. Though neither side knew it, the eclipse had been predicted by Thales of Miletus, the first such prediction on record.