The Pac-Man Eclipse.

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Tonight the world will be treated to a unique lunar eclipse known as the Pac-Man Eclipse. Its origins come from an asteroid that was originally on a collision course with Earth. Asteroid 7154.4704 was large enough to punch a hole right through Earth to leave behind a doughnut-shaped planet, but an international effort was able to quickly neutralize the threat. Well, kind of.

Specialized satellites were placed in orbit to destroy the asteroid with lasers but a glitch caused them to instead cut off a large pie-shaped slice of rock that now orbits the Earth. Every so often this large chunk of asteroid casts a large shadow across the Moon’s surface to create what is now know as the Pac-Man Eclipse.

Astronomers consider the Pac-Man Eclipse a major eyesore and are considering repairing the satellites to destroy the remnants of Asteroid 7154.4704, but have put those plans on hold as this unique eclipse has won the hearts of people from all over the world and has helped boost video game sales.

The next Pac-Man Eclipse will take place on October 26, 2020.

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