December 13 2008

I Want Another Moon

two moonsI think we should have another moon.

Last night Earth was closer to the moon then it has been in 15 years, and this caused it to appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal.  While I have thought about this many times before, it came to mind again that I really wish we had more than one moon.

Call me greedy if you must, but darn it, I think it would look so cool to look up and see two of them up there.  Yes, yes, I know it would have totally changed tidal forces and so on, but it still would be nifty.

What I want to know is how we got short changed.  Here is how moons break down in the rest of our solar system.

I mean, seriously, we only get 1?  How is this fair?  How did we get the short end of the moon giving?  Is it because our planet got life, the cosmos decided we only needed one?  Who knows, but darn it, I really want to see two moons above us.  That is like one of the corner stones of science fiction that you know you’re on an alien planet because they have more than one moon in the sky.

If you take anything away from this very random rant about moons, let it be this… Saturn is a greedy bastard.

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