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I was watching, were you?

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Yes, I saw it.

If you think I’m referring to Hillary Clinton’s pathetic attempt to “get real” (as if she could start after 61 years of avoiding it), you’re wrong.

If you think I’m referring to the news that Fidel Castro will not be accepting the position of President and Commander-in-Chief of Cuba, you’re wrong.

No, while I saw both of those interesting events, I’m referring to an occurrence which will not be happening again until late 2010. True, Cuba will probably still have the same political leader, and so will America; but that’s only slightly relevant.

No, I’m referring to the Total Lunar Eclipse, witnessed by most of the Americas, Europe, and Africa. It was actually a very beautiful spectacle, with the moon being in the shadow of the Earth, and therefore unable to reflect the light of the sun. This caused the moon to appear as a muted, rust-colored spot in the night sky, instead of the blazing celestial body we witness (full, that is) thirteen times a year.

I’ll take a paragraph here to explain how a lunar eclipse occurs; the basic principle is that, while the Moon is rotating around the Earth, and the Earth is rotating around the Sun, eventually the three bodies will form a perfect line. This causes the body in the middle in this case the Earth to block the Sun’s light from reaching the other body. This casts a shadow upon the other body, eclipsing it.

Please do not confuse a Lunar Eclipse, which was witnessed tonight, with a Solar Eclipse. These occur on the same principle, except with the Moon reflecting sunlight away from a certain spot on the Earth, thus casting it in shadow.

In conclusion, I’d just like to mention that I’m glad to see Castro go; I hope the people of Cuba can now enact some serious reformation, and make their country a better place for all.

I’ll say nothing of Hillary, except that I see a Total Political Eclipse has begun in the Democratic Party.

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Written by Ethan

February 21, 2008 at 12:08 am