In ancient times, when solar eclipses were “explained” by the capture of our luminary by a monster, eyewitnesses found confirmation of this in the fact that during a partial eclipse they observed light reflections under the trees, in the forest, “resembling the shape of claws.” How can such a phenomenon be scientifically explained?
During a partial eclipse, the Sun is observed as a bright crescent. The spaces between the leaves are small holes. They, working like holes in a camera obscura, give multiple images of sickles on Earth, which can be easily mistaken for claws.
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