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The happenstance solar eclipse

Dr. Terry Z. Martin

December 7, 2012

The happenstance solar eclipse

I was 8 years old and living in Thailand when the great total eclipse of the sun occurred right there above my school in downtown Bangkok. Teachers had handed out dark film to look through. It was seven minutes long! I recall the racing rays of the returning sunshine sweeping across the sky. I became interested in the sky from that moment. Next year I had a small telescope, and Mars was at perihelic opposition, and I knew what my life was for.


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