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The cosmic ballet goes on: 15 of our favorite pop-culture eclipses

The Simpsons has prominently featured a solar eclipse twice in its long run, but most memorably in the Season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone,” where Marge is stricken blind and Lisa goes undercover as a nun. Just kidding: Everyone actually remembers the eclipse from “Marge Vs. The Monorail,” in which the celestial event…

Plugs in your ears, fish in a can, and that red-hot star in the sky

You’ve probably seen news coverage about Monday’s solar eclipse, and the corresponding places across the United States that find themselves destinations for viewing the eclipse in its totality. That means the moon will completely cover the sun—and its tenuous atmosphere (the corona)—and will be a totally fucking…

“Total Eclipse Of The Heart” has a surprisingly elaborate musical anatomy

If you go out for a night of karaoke, chances are pretty good you’ll hear someone belting out “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” at some point in the evening. Originally written by Jim Steinman for Meat Loaf and then later popularized by Bonnie Tyler’s chart-topping recording, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” is one of the…