Written in the stars: 7 celestial events that may have changed history

With a total solar eclipse set to cross American skies, Guy de la Bédoyère describes seven celestial events that may have changed the course of history, from the comet that carried William the Conqueror to victory in 1066 to the eclipse that helped Lawrence of Arabia defeat the Ottomans...

Miniature from an Apocalypse of Cambrai depicting the opening of the sixth seal: an earthquake occurs and the sun becomes black. Municipal library, Cambrai, France. (Photo by Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images)



A match made in heaven

How a solar eclipse of 585 BC persuaded two belligerent kingdoms to make love not war

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