Totally eclipsed

Today I’m sure many of you have remembered this fabulous love song by Bonnie Tyler.

The Greeks believed that the solar eclipse was a sign that the gods were angry and death and destruction were on their way. In fact, eclipse comes from ekleipsis, an ancient Greek word that means obscured, or abandoned. A fragment of a lost poem by Archilochus (c680–645 BCE) depicted a solar eclipse as such:

Nothing there is beyond hope,

nothing that can be sworn impossible,

nothing wonderful since Zeus,

father of the Olympians,

made night from midday,

hiding the light of the shining sun,

and sore fear came upon men.

In addition to the solar eclipse, today we will witness a supermoon and a spring equinox. A supermoon refers to the moment the moon orbits at its closest to the Earth, making it look bigger than it normally does. The spring equinox is the time of the year when night and day are of equal length, mid-way between the longest and shortest days of the year. It is a sign that the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the sun’s rays.
Some Christian ministers have viewed the rare collision of three celestial events as the beginning of the end of the world.

As you can see, superstition will never die.

P.S. These  excerpts have been taken from The Guardian. You might like to read the whole article:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/19/solar-eclipse-what-you-need-to-know

 

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Past Perfect vs. Future Perfect

The Past Perfect Tense is used for an action that had happened before another past action or point in time. In this case, before these guys were born:

The Future Perfect  Tense is used for an action that will have happened before another future action or point in time. In this case, well, you know, before we kick the bucket.

If you don’t think  this explanation is clear enough, here you can find a more serious approach to the matter:

http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/rules/pastperf.htm

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/futureperfect.html

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/kick+the+bucket

http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/past_passed.htm