Total Lunar Eclipse Only "Expected"
In anticipation of the then-upcoming lunar eclipse on Saturday March 3, 2007 the AP released a story entitled "Total lunar eclipse expected on Saturday", which appeared in the USAToday and elsewhere. "Expected"? Excuse me, but that's just a bit lame. Rain may be expected, or not. Even taxes may be said to be expected. But lunar eclipses simply are. Characterizing one as merely "expected" requires us to toss out the very idea of "certainty". I can think of nothing more certain than a lunar eclipse.I'm sure (which really means I hope) the authors don't mean to plant the seeds of uncertainty. But it seems to reflect some lack of social confidence in (or understanding of) science in general. One has to chuckle a bit.