In August, a total solar eclipse will traverse America for the first time in nearly a century. So many tourists are expected to flood states along the eclipse’s path that authorities are concerned about illegal camping, wildfire risks and even devastating porta-potties shortages. There’s a reason for all this eclipse mania. A total solar eclipse—when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth—is a stunning natural event. For a few breathtaking minutes, day turns to night; the skies darken; the air chills. Stars may even appear.
"How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation for Modern Astronomy" is from smithsonianmag.com, published on July 10, 2017.