Claire de lune

We’re talking about apogees and perigees. We’re talking about a taunting headline. We’re talking about Nat King Cole. We’re talking about Kurt Vonnegut (just for the heck of it….because his “Sirens of Titan” is underated and overlooked…and because Titan is one of the moons of Saturn). And, yes, we’re talking about the moon, which means it’s likely that we’re also talking about love.

Tomorrow night the moon will be closer to us than it’s been since 1992. The full moon will be brighter than usual — and will appear to be nearly 15 percent larger and about 30 percent brighter than your plain old full moon. That’s because Earth’s cosmic tag-along will be at perigree — its closest approach to the Earth, and more than 30,000 miles nearer to Earth than it is at apogee, the most distant part of its orbit. The moon’s orbit — and its apogee and perigree — varies from year to year, and this year it happens (personally, it feels like fate) that it will be nearer than it’s been in nearly two decades.

The taunting headline? From a news website: BIGGEST FULL MOON IN 19 YEARS WILL MAKE YOUR NIGHT BRIGHTER, MORE ROMANTIC THAN USUAL.

Nat King Cole and Kurt Vonnegut and love songs sung ‘neath the perigee moon? Listen. A red-winged blackbird asks the moon: “Po-to-weet? And so it goes:

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