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Solar eclipse 2024: Snapshots of previous solar eclipses from Canada and beyond

North Americans are in for a celestial treat on April 8 as a total solar eclipse will plunge a swath of the continent into minutes of darkness for millions of people from the southern reaches of Mexico to the north eastern borders of Canada.

But long before science could explain what was happening when the sun disappeared, many cultures worldwide had their own beliefs about what was happening.

The word "eclipse" comes from a Greek word that means abandonment. The ancient Greeks believed that demons had swallowed the sun, which would mean their king would fall.

Scroll through the slideshow we have assembled for some of the most iconic eclipse images captured over the years.