Essay — Moon News

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Over the years, the full moon has inspired poets, songwriters and lovers. Lately, it’s pulled the news media away from never-ending stories about the dismal economic situation.

Two weeks ago, fired up broadcasters focused their attention on the Super Moon. A month earlier, they credited a nameless full moon with re-floating the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Before that, a theory called the “big splat” grabbed some mike-time with a report that Earth once had two moons.

Wow, I can just picture that over Carpenter Country.

Image source: John5199 via Wikimedia Commons

Image source: John5199 via Wikimedia Commons

Unfortunately, the moons were of unequal size and the heavyweight wiped out the lightweight. It’s probably better they did smash together, though. Imagine the disorder two moons would have caused–at least double the natural disasters already blamed on the remaining moon, which has been held responsible for causing extreme tides, violent earthquakes and rumbling volcanoes.

But the media doomsayers weren’t mentioning any impending catastrophes. In fact, they made the rare sighting sound fun.

Fast forward to the future.

In seventeen years, when another Super Moon lights up the night sky, newscasters will most likely present the phenomena in a completely different way, and give it a totally new name.

Whichever way they play it, I’m sure the big silver orb floating overhead will still excite poets, songwriters, lovers, maybe even my great grandkids.

Hopefully, by the time that happens, the economy will be zooming along in spectacular fashion–and even the bad news will be good.

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