Evening Sky

The Moon has stood out in the collective imagination of the human race since Earth’s creation. Like so many before, I look up at the Moon and its unique domination of the night sky. Here are a few off-the-wall facts and things to ponder about our Moon:

  1. It would take less than 6 months to drive to the Moon by car at 60 mph (95 km/hr). You would need to pack a lunch, however, as this is one of the few locations where McDonald’s do not exist.
  2. The Moon is bigger than the former planet Pluto. This has led a small group of scientists to call for assigning the Moon to ‘planet’ status; other items suggested for elevation to ‘planet’ status include Kanye West’s ego, Joy Behar’s mouth and Donald Trump’s hair.
  3. Your weight on the Moon is 16.5% of your real weight on the Earth. For most people, their reported weight on Earth runs at about 75% of their real weight on Earth.
  4. Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the Moon. I bet there are some grand-kids who used that tidbit of information to win a trivia contest.
  5. Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon. Buzz gets a lot of face time on this list.
  6. There is high-speed internet access on the Moon at 19 mb/sec. Apparently NASA signed up for the Premium Plan with their provider.
  7. Jupiter has 67 moons, Saturn has 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14, Mars 2 and Earth just one. Occupy Wall Street activists are demanding ‘moon distribution equality’ among the planets; Congress has yet to take up this pressing issue.

(Click any picture to get a closer look!)


  1. Brilliant photos of the moon. Well done. The middle photo has to be my favourite. Cheeky sliver of the moon refusing to be dwarfed out by other bits of nature. The moon looks like a lump of cheese in the last photo…I think that was what many of us thought all the time as kids. I used to think that if I was a bad kid, one day the moon was fall from the sky and crush me.

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