The lunar eclipse

Sadly, it was cloudy where I was during the lunar eclipse so I didn’t get to see it. But a webvideo is basically as good as seeing it in real life, isn’t it? I’m sad that I didn’t get to see the red moon (it turns red because that is the color that primarily gets refracted around the earth and hits the moon). But the best part is learning new moon-related facts! For instance: you know how in every cheesy time-travel movie, future-man knows exactly when the eclipse will happen and uses that to his advantage? Well that kinda really happened (except for the time travel part):

According to legend, Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realized that a total eclipse of the moon would occur on Feb. 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not help, he would make the moon disappear the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the moon — which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed. He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.


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