I’ve always had a special relationship with the moon.
One of my earliest memories involves standing with my uncle in his Texas backyard looking up at the moon’s pocked surface through his telescope. I was an anxious child, but gazing at the moon that night settled me.
That view gave me a sense of smallness I could take comfort in: Our moon — the same moon people around the world look at each night — has been around for billions of years, and it will be for billions more.
Today when I look at the moon, I still experience that same kind of calm and unity I felt all those years ago, and tonight, the moon is all but begging for our attention. Earth’s natural satellite is at full phase and at its closest point in orbit. We won’t get another supermoon like this one until 2034. Read more…