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The story first turned up in Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court," but we've seen it a million times since then: somebody accidentally travels to a more superstitious age and "proves" to those people that they have magic powers by predicting a well-timed solar eclipse. We haven't been able to try that out quite yet, but the message is clear. Back in the day, people didn't understand how the solar system worked, so they would come up with explanations that made sense with what they did know. Here's some of the stories from the past to explain how eclipses worked — and a few myths and legends we haven't quite gotten rid of yet.