Apologies to the Wikipedia audience for the recent eclipse fiasco. I received an email from another editor who claimed that there was no lunar eclipse on that day. He pointed me to a Wikipedia page based on a NASA website that listed no such eclipse for 1863, but what he and I did not notice is that this was a list of 18th-century BC (or for some reason, they refer to it as "-1800 BCE"). Someone quickly corrected this, and I just modified it a little to remove the footnote pointing out the momentary error, which is something we do not normally do in Wikipedia citations. Hal Jespersen (talk) 18:40, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
Christopher Benson (talk) responded: It is I who must apologise. I noted that NASA's records showed a partial lunar eclipse on 25 November 1863, peaking at 96.25% of a total eclipse around 1:00 am (Tennessee, Georgia local time). This essentially confirmed reports from that night, so I removed the following sentence from the article:
However, astronomical records contradict these [lunar eclipse] memories.
I wished to make temporary note of the reason, and this Talk page had never been used before. I "somehow hoped" that it would be quickly seen and removed by the previous editor. My explanatory footnote to the main article should not have referred to a previous version of the encyclopedia. I also failed to observe that I was modifying a change by a very well-respected contributor, made only six hours earlier. I must disagree on one point though. It was minor and brief, engendered by NASA's inconsistent nomenclature. This was no lunar fiasco of information. For that you must go directly to NASA's web site. Christopher Benson (talk) 11:40, 26 November 2013 (UTC)