Bear Fights & Moon Sex: History's Best Lunar Eclipse Myths

September 26, 2015 12:21 PM

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Bear Fights & Moon Sex: History's Best Lunar Eclipse Myths

On Sunday (Sept. 27), skywatchers around the world will try to catch a glimpse of the full harvest moon as it passes through Earth's shadow. The upcoming "blood moon" eclipse is a chance for stargazers to ponder the forces behind this rare event, which is something that humans have been doing (quite creatively) for millennia.

Scientists now know precisely what causes total lunar eclipses (when Earth's shadow blocks out the sunlight that usually reflects off the moon), but in the absence of this knowledge about eclipses, humans have historically invented all kinds of other explanations for the awesome phenomenon.

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