Horror in the UK this morning as astronomy call centres were swamped with calls relating that the the moon and the sun had actually collided within a minute of daybreak. There seems to be general agreement that the sun appears to have swallowed the moon up, most probably incinerating the multi billion ton space rock instantaneously.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, there was no trace left of the moon, although the sun seemed to be pretty much undamaged and appeared to be functioning normally. Experts remain unsure how the lack of a moon at night time will affect nocturnal activities, but some have have opined that if the moon really has been vaporised, then the oceans will probably become all lumpy and uneven. Because of how it controls the tide and that.
Search teams are expected to scour the south downs tonight to see if the moon will actually rise in the night sky, but cynics aren't exactly holding their breath.
Not everybody was convinced by the collision/lost moon theory though. Speaking on local radio, self appointed defender of common sense and upright values, Giles VanSylesmann, said:
"These people obviously don't know what they're talking about. Of course the sun and the moon didn't collide - they're over ninety million miles apart. What happened is that the moon passed between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow. Christ - does anybody actually go to school these days?"
More as we get it.