Lunar eclipse to turn sky red

The sky over Ireland will appear blood-red just before 8 o’clock tomorrow morning due to a total eclipse of the moon. Tuesday is Winter Solstice 2010 and the full moon will turn red just before sunrise, casting a red hue over the whole sky. Astronomy Ireland said the event is a total lunar eclipse as the moon moves into Earth’s shadow. According to the organisation, sky-gazers will be able to see the moon get gradually darker from 6:32am. At 7:40am the moon will have entered totality. This will be the last total eclipse for at least five years. No viewing equipment is necessary to experience the spectacle. Astronomy Ireland will be holding their annual…

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Emma Donoghue’s Room wins at book awards

Some of the shortlisted authors prior to the awards ceremony last night

Breakout author Emma Donoghue was the big winner at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards last night as she came away with the Hughes & Hughes Novel of the Year Award for her novel Room. Loosely inspired by the Josef Fritzl case in Austria in 2008, Room tells the story of a boy who lives with his mother in a locked room. It was much-acclaimed and just missed out on winning the Man Booker Prize. The Dublin-born writer said she believed the book touched on the universal theme of a young person discovering there was more to life than the confines of their own little world. The shortlist for the…

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Lady Gaga, Banksy make Time’s Most Influential list

The popstar Lady Gaga and graffiti artist Banksy have made Time magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. The two are included on the Artists section out of the top 100 line-up of influential people . Other influential artists include Oprah Winfrey, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, star of the Twilight movies Robert Pattinson, Ashton Kutcher, Prince, entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, Sandra Bullock and director James Cameron. Lady Gaga (pictured), we are told by Cyndi Lauper, isn’t a pop act but rather a performance artist with an incredible pop sensibility. Meanwhile Shepard Fairey, the creator of the 2008 Obama Hope poster, lauds Banksy’s particular gift: “An ability to make almost anyone very…

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