SAN JUAN, PR – Ordinarily, an eclipse occurs when the Moon travels between Earth and the Sun, or when Earth gets between the Moon and Sun, creating a partial or even total shadow on the one farthest from the Sun. People travel far and wide to catch these events, and their appeal dates back to antiquity.
This year, watchers were delighted when an unexpected celestial object occluded the sun. Molar 2008 BR32 emerged in the middle of the day, casting a curious tint across the landscape. People went wild, because nobody had anticipated the event.
“That’s definitely a molar,” said amateur astronomer Blake Ruger, who was in town for an unrelated conference. “Can’t tell if it’s human, but I’d bet anything it’s at least primate.”
As the discoverer of the molar, Ruger claimed naming rights, adding his initials and the 32 for the number of teeth an adult typically has. There presently is no agency with which to register this information, and observatories around the world have yet to confirm Ruger’s findings.