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A lunar eclipse and a manmade meteor

Weird things happen during total lunar eclipses. Two eclipses ago, during totality, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918. Last night, also during totality, the Navy shot a freakin' missile at a freakin' satellite and blew it out of the sky.

Speaking of which: an Oregon-based blogger named Sherry Holub, a.k.a. "scorpy808," managed, incredibly, to capture a photo of what was almost certainly a piece of that spy satellite burning up on re-entry into the atmosphere -- right next to the eclipsed moon in the sky. Here it is:

Wow. Totally awesome. I'm so jealous. :)

(Republished with Holub's permission. In addition to her LiveJournal blog, she also runs a company called JV Media Design.)

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