Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Supermoon!

It was a pleasant evening in Phoenix. At about 7:43 p.m., I looked skyward. And there, from behind a silvery cloud bank, it emerged: Supermoon. Um, good thing the lunar viewing was free. Supermoon brightly dominated my desert sky but "super" it was not. It is amazing how the media over-hyped this event. Here's the Washington Post front page treatment: "Supermoon rises across the globe: As it reaches its closet point to Earth, the moon is up to 30 percent brighter and appears 14 percent bigger on its shining night this year." Please. Supermoon did not appear 14% bigger or anywhere near it. (The above photo was taken using a telephoto lens.) Buddha said the moon is among the three things that "cannot be long hidden." The sun and the truth are the other two. I'd add a fourth: insatiable media greed for attention.

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