Tomorrow, I will be in Greenville, South Carolina, to witness an unusual astronomical phenomena — a solar eclipse [“Solar-powered trip,” News, Aug. 17].

The ancient Greeks believed an eclipse was a sign of angry gods, and that it was the beginning of disasters and destruction. This year, a prediction is circulating that as the sun emerges from the blackness, it will appear to have a bright orange crescent across its upper region. Some will consider this the harbinger of health and prosperity and that it is the greatest celestial event in the 13-billion-year history of the universe. Others will take a dimmer view and think it will cause stormy weather for the next three years.

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My hope is that it is not cloudy in Greenville on Monday.

Bill Domjan, Melville