A total solar eclipse
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The King of Totality

A veteran astronomer describes more than 60 years’ worth of memories from inside the moon’s shadow.

A flag waves in the dark, with a full eclipse in the background
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America in the Shadows

The nation’s dogged attempts to chase eclipses follow its own haphazard maturation.