I don’t mean to cause a panic or otherwise worry anybody, but I’ve noticed something.

For the past few mornings, I’ve been able to see the Sun coming up in the east, and the Moon setting towards the west – both in the same sky.  Over the course of a few mornings, of course, the Moon has moved further east.  Now, again, I may be wrong, but it looks to me as if the two are on a COLLISION COURSE!

There’s no way to stop this from happening, that I can tell.  We’ve only got about a week – again, I hope my math is off – before the MOON CRASHES INTO THE SUN!!  BOOM!!!

It’s anybody’s guess as to what will happen next.  Assuming we survive the blast (assuming there IS a blast – the Sun might just incinerate the Moon like an over-toasted marshmallow in a raging campfire), it’s bound to get dark, for a bit.  The stars will come out, the birds will go to roost.  Flowers will close.  And, I guess, we will start the rapid decline into everlasting winter and the end of the world.

800px-Hurricane_Frances_from_the_ISS_-_10AM._EDT_AUG_27_2004OR – now stay with me here, this might not be so bad – the Sun will barely feel it.  We’ll just lose the Moon.  That would be pretty bad too, of course – tides will stop, ocean currents and weather patterns will change, the natural cycles of millions of animals – particularly sea animals – that rely on tides and on monthly phases will be disrupted and many will probably go extinct.  That will ripple through the food chain, through larger fish, seabirds, etc.  and without dependable currents even animals that live in the depths might starve.  That would be bad.

We thought global warming was a big deal – I can’t IMAGINE the changes to our weather and climate if the Moon stops pulling the oceans around.  And without the Moon, our orbit might actually shift a bit, the Earth may accelerate its axial wobble, seasons may completely change – but that will probably take a while, right?

Impact_eventOR, what if the acceleration at the last minute RIPS THE MOON APART, instead of destroying it completely?  Tidal forces will be huge as the Moon approaches the Sun.  The differences in acceleration from one side of the Moon to the other will literally tear it apart, like that comet that got to close to Jupiter back in 1994 (Shoemaker-Levy 9).  The pieces of the Moon would spread out and give Earth RINGS!  That would look cool…  except for the thousands of Moon-pieces that would rain down on Earth, I suspect, causing fiery explosions and giving us dinosaur-reign-ending fire and brimstone from shock waves, followed by a winter of Sun-obscuring dust, ash, and debris.  Whoever isn’t killed outright will find themselves competing for rapidly dwindling food supplies, to say nothing of completely losing the infrastructure that defines modern society.  Wow, this sounds bad – I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Moon goes in one quick “Fwoosh”.  Gone, just like that.

Yeah, we can probably survive this.  It’ll be touch and go, and nothing will ever be the same again, but we’ll find a way.  We’ve GOT to.

In the meantime, I hope I’m wrong – BUT, if I’m right this may be a once-in-a-lifetime (literally) spectacle.  I certainly want to see what happens!  Next Monday looks like the day…  Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.  I wish you all the best of luck!

I just wonder why nobody else has noticed this?

Get Out There (While You Still Can)
Troy
flying-squirrel.org

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