Thousands of years ago in Ancient China, there was a Tradition of stopping a Dragon from devouring The Sun. One random day, The Sun would just be sitting there, minding it own business in the morning sky, and then all of a sudden, it would go dark. A Dragon was eating it! The peoples of Ancient China, did not take this lightly. They made noise! They screamed at The Dragon and caused a ruckus to scare The Dragon away. This always worked, but why did this work every single time?
Was there really a Sun-Eating Dragon in the sky, and did The People of Ancient China really have any effect on the course of this event? No to both questions. The people had absolutely no control on the event and there was no a Sun-Eating Dragon; because instead of a Dragon, was, The Moon. This particular event, they confused for a Dragon eating The Sun, is what is known in Today's World, as a Solar Eclipse. A Solar Eclipse is when The Moon, Luna, moves completely in front of The Sun from our direct sky view. This causing The Sun's Shine to be covered causes a brief night time. A Solar Eclipse can last up to 7 minutes and 31 seconds long. Definitely not a long enough night to get the recommended eight hours of sleep a man needs. Not to worry, the real night time will come later. Solar Eclipses occur on around The World about every 18 months though in some part of The World, it only occurs once every 360 to 420 years.
So it's not a Dragon eating The Sun, it's just the Moon covering it's shine. Old ideas are not dumb ideas, but with limited knowledge, one can only think of so much. As we grow as a species, we continue to improve our broad range our collective knowledge. We may 'know' a lot of things today, that in the future, may be wrong. We must not let certain knowledge be absolute. For once we were screaming at Dragons, and now, we view the same event with awe. What is fact today, can be fantasy tomorrow. Always remember to continue to improve, and we will continue to know more and more about The World.
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