Lunar Eclipse: Facts, Myths and Superstitions

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June 15, 2011 12:00
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Thomas Bradwardine (1290 – 1349) was an English scholar and Archbishop of Canterbury for a brief period. During his life, a witch attempted to intimidate people in a village. During a lunar eclipse, she warned village folk to ‘make me good amends,’ otherwise, ‘I will bid the Sun also to withdraw his light from you.’ Bradwardine, who had studied with Arabian astronomers, was more than a match for this simple trick. He informed the people about the eclipse timings and period hence foiling the witch’s trick.

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