Scientists Miscalculate, Solar Eclipse Actually Next Year - Wyoming Magazine


Scientists Miscalculate, Solar Eclipse Actually Next Year




HOUSTON, TX — After double-checking their math, scientists have announced that the total lunar eclipse predicted for August 21, 2017, will occur August 3, 2018.

“Due to a computational mishap, the eclipse we projected for later this month will actually take place late next year,” stated NASA astrophysicist Dr. Theodore Moneta at a hastily-planned press conference from Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We were a bit off.”

Dr. Moneta explained that in calculating the date of the eclipse, scientists utilized a complex formula involving geocentric ephemeris for the Sun and Moon, various parameters, constants, and the Besselian elements, but along the way an error went unnoticed.

“In layman’s terms, we forgot to carry the one,” explained Moneta, a mistake that has plagued 12-year-olds in 7th grade math for centuries.

“This is an embarrassing day for both science and mathematics,” he added.

For officials in those states situated within the eclipse’s path of totality preparing for an influx of visitors in the next few weeks, the NASA announcement came as a shock.

“It’s disappointing,” stated Matt Mead, governor of Wyoming, upon hearing the news. “Obviously, the NASA nerds really dropped the ball on this one.”

However, Mead felt that Wyoming would be less affected by the altered date than other locales due the Cowboy State’s inherent awesomeness.

“A visit to our state is spectacular with or without a once-in-lifetime astronomical occurrence,” said Mead. “Wyoming doesn’t need an eclipse to shine.”


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Disclaimer: This article is satirical in nature. We write stories, we don’t influence the moon or the sun and we are certainly not the representatives for NASA. Please, go, enjoy the eclipse (this year, same time, same place) and thank us for inadvertently giving you a little extra elbow room. For more fun, subscribe here—->
Disclaimer II: Seriously, this is a joke.
Disclaimer IIII: That was Steve, he no longer works here. The eclipse is still on, tell a friend.

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  1. Borbay

    August 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I’ll ride this pony…

  2. Jason

    August 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Don’t be fooled… We still have rooms available at The Sterling Hotel



    August 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Why is there nothing on Nasa’s website or on mainstream media? I think this is a hoax.

  4. Mandy Love

    August 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Where did this information come from? I can’t find another source to substantiate this story?

  5. Eva

    August 18, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Are you kidding me, this is insane news!!!!

  6. Phays

    August 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Probably not a good article to put forward. Really not funny at all.

  7. GraceW

    August 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Good satire usually has a humorous component to give readers the opportunity to realize they’re reading satire. If you have to add a disclaimer to explain that it is satire, best choice is not to publish it at all. Not every clever idea puked from one’s brain deserves to see the light of day. But hey, I bet your click count was up lots today! You even got me to comment. You win.

  8. Carol

    August 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    WHY AM I NOT SEEING THIS ON NASA’S PAGE OR WEBSITE?? Going to call BS on this one!

  9. ZACH

    August 18, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Those NASA government shills probably forgot that the intergravitational flux of the moons circumference must be divided by the polarity of the sun in order to account for the flat earth. Tax dollars hard at work folks.

  10. Hauser Harris

    August 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Its time to see god again…

  11. Hauser Harris

    August 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Two in two years i wounder if someone predicted that…

  12. Stefan

    August 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    The eclipse glasses companies didn’t mind.

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