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A solar eclipse to spark imaginations

Science is meant to be exciting. If it is dull (as is often taught in schools in the Arab world) then it loses its most important effect: to inspire others. Now solar and lunar eclipses may not seem like rocket science, but they do fit the bill of events that inspire a mainstream audience, and they also offer great opportunities for scientific research. For instance, Einstein’s theory of general relativity was only confirmed during the 1919 total solar eclipse, when scientists observed light from distant stars bending when passing near the Sun due to its immense gravity. With that in 

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