ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A total eclipse is coming August 21, 2017 and St. Louisans will enjoy one of the most significant celestial events in decades, as the moon passes between the earth and the sun.

How have peoples throughout the ages and across the world understood the significance of eclipses? What have eclipses meant to human beings, and what might they mean to us now?

Ethical Society Outreach Director James Croft will shed light on the above questions in a multimedia presentation, "Eating the Sun: The Cultural Significance of Eclipses," at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 3, at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, which is located at 9001 Clayton Road.

“Eclipses have surprised, horrified, and fascinated human beings for thousands of years, viewed as dreadful curses or fortuitous blessings,” Croft said. “When we learn how people throughout history have viewed the solar eclipse, we uncover the fears and hopes of our ancestors – and come to understand ourselves a little better too.”

No tickets are required for this free public lecture. To learn more, visit




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