Friday, February 10, 2017

Signs and Portents

      Tonight will be a big night for stargazers. We will be treated to a triple teat of a comet, a full moon, and a solar eclipse. As a bonus, the unusual happenings will probably cause many people to act like complete loons, so there will be plenty of strange accidents and weird crimes occurring as the freaks indulge their madness. There are probably sore religious fanatics anticipating the evening's show as a sign of the end of the world.
      Comet 45P will pass by the Earth early Saturday morning at a distance of 7.7 million miles—a close brush in cosmic terms. It should be visible with binoculars or a telescope. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and re fortunate enough to enjoy a clear night, you may also be able to witness the penumbra eclipse—a light shadow cast upon the moon by Earth.
      Enjoy the show all who are interested. I plan to wait for photos and video tomorrow considering my poor eyesight and fondness for sleep. I am also going to stay locked up tight in the hermit cave to avoid any of the crazies who night be taking the night to prowl and howl. With any luck, it will not prove to signal the end of the world and tomorrow will be a new day.

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