🌕 3 Ancient Eclipses That May Have Changed Humanity Forever

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3 Ancient Solar Eclipses That May Have Changed Humanity Forever

The Great North American Eclipse on April 8 probably won’t turn the tide of any wars, but other eclipses have.

History is full of stories of celestial events shaping the course of wars and political struggles. Over the millennia, people have taken comets, supernovae, lunar eclipses, and solar eclipses as omens about everything from the birth and death of kings to the outcome of battles — many of which have changed the course of history.

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