DESPITE heavy cloud cover WA stargazers had the best view of a total lunar eclipse early this morning.
The eclipse began at 1.25am, but the event became obvious to viewers after 2.23am, as the Earth’s shadow slowly ate away at the moon.
Not only did the eclipse see the moon entirely in shadow by 3.22am, but it also appeared blood-red – a spectacle enhanced by the volcanic ash cloud sweeping over WA.
The total eclipse ended at 5.03am, with the moon fully visible again by 6.02am.
…which gives me a chance to segue in to Defamer‘s clip of the day
Here’s a helpful tip – even if you find yourself completely unconvinced by the available evidence that man has walked on the moon, it’s probably a good idea to avoid approaching elderly astronauts directly (with a camera in tow) in order to publicly accuse them of being liars. They will not respond well to your damning indictment, and if you’re dealing with Buzz Aldrin, he’ll probably punch you in the face.
Michael Collins’s response was a little more subtle… he simply pressed his nose onto the surface of the camera lens, leaving an oily smudge on it that spoiled the picture quality a little—then he walked away, telling the moon-truther, “I think you’re some kind of wacko, I really do.”.
Oh for the day when “Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming” fanatics will be similarly treated.