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Scientists Miscalculate, Solar Eclipse Actually Next Year

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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—->https://goo.gl/sfZiUt
Disclaimer II: Seriously, this is a joke.
Disclaimer III: ITS ALL REAL! ALIENS EXIST! REPENT! AGHHHHHHHHH…
Disclaimer IIII: That was Steve, he no longer works here. The eclipse is still on, tell a friend.

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