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Benjamin Banneker’s Eclipse

12 Oct 2014, 00:00 UTC
Benjamin Banneker’s Eclipse
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Have you ever tried to tell people something important, and they dismissed you like you're a fool? Perhaps you felt vindicated when they found out for themselves that you were right. And perhaps that's what Benjamin Banneker felt in 1791. He told people about a solar eclipse that would happen on April 3 that year. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending October 18, 2014
Have you ever tried to tell people something important, and they dismissed you like you’re a fool? Perhaps you felt vindicated when they found out for themselves that you were right. And perhaps that’s what Benjamin Banneker felt in 1791. He told people about a solar eclipse that would happen on April 3 that year.
Some people believed a person like Banneker (sometimes spelled Bannaker) could never learn to read. But he did learn to read as a young child just as we have come to expect all young children to learn in school today. The young Banneker was so smart, he studied the inner workings of someone else’s pocket watch and then built his own working clock from parts he made of wood. For all of his life, he studied ...

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