History, Astronomy Lesson

This Wednesday we’ll witness a rare astronomical alignment will turn the moon a lovely shade of red. Reports are highlighting the historic significance of this event, particularly with regard to Christopher Columbus, who many say was “saved” by the anomaly. This may be true, it’s only because Columbus used the eclipse to trick Jamaican natives: “[He] warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky 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.” [Breitbart]