George Packard, intrepid roving reporter for Bumbastories was out on the streets of Los Angeles at 5 o’clock in the morning. That’s right, George was looking for a scoop.

Lo and behold, there was a total eclipse of the moon! George took a couple of quick photos. “Now, there’s a scoop,” said our roving reporter at 5:15.image

However, the news of the eclipse was already out. Astronomers had been drafting ephemerides, or predictions of the movements of celestial bodies, for thousands of years. Kepler compiled an ephemeride in 1617. The Chaldeans were predicting lunar eclipses several thousand years before that.

“OK, so it isn’t a scoop,” said George. “Never mind. It was nice to see, anyway.”

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