By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 8, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we observe the science of planetary motion… and an eclipse.

Afternoon Darkness Today

Physics and Math.  They explain planetary movements and eclipses.

This afternoon slightly after 3 pm Loveland will experience a 99+ % eclipse of the sun, with the moon covering most of our sun to our eyes, with protective lenses, us looking up.  Dayton will be at 100%.

Total eclipses occur about every 18 months somewhere on Earth.  The last total eclipse swept the US in 2017. We personally saw most of it in Nashville with a small cloud interfering…

Not only the darkness, but the rapid drop in temperature and the odd behavior of animals, like birds going quiet, did freak out many of our ancestors.  Many believed that eclipses were omens – both good and bad.  In some places the rulers were executed for not protecting the population.

Black’s 1892 chart of the solar system is presented here, with a section devoted to illustrating eclipses.

Solar System chart – Circa 1892

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.