Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pimpin' Columbus For A Bloody Eclipse

Hat Tip AK 48:

You'd think we could have a simple lunar eclipse without reference to this murdering, thieving rapist - but oh, no - the these ignorant hacks just gotta pimp some bullshit story about Columbus.
Lunar eclipses have long been associated with superstitions and signs of ill omen, especially in battle.

The defeat of the Persian king Darius III by Alexander the Great in the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC was foretold by soothsayers when the Moon turned blood-red a few days earlier.

And an eclipse is credited with saving the life of Christopher Columbus and his crew when they were stranded without supplies on the coast of Jamaica.

According to legend, Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 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.

The last total lunar eclipse took place on February 21 2008. Next year, says Espenak, will see two: on June 15 and December 10.

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon swings between the Earth and the Sun.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea Baby! Good on you. YR

1/12/2011 12:01 PM  

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