Why Millions Will Shoot the Moon Tonight
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Why Millions Will Shoot the Moon Tonight

The Associated Press

Once in a blue moon — every 20 years or so — a galactic phenomenon takes place. The earth’s full moon moves closer to earth and appears large enough for a cow to jump over it. The super “perigee” moon will be seen tonight for the first time by millions of people, weather permitting, and will be captured in detail by NASA’s super telescopes and cameras.  (NASA also has a sneak preview.) Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington told CNN, “The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March 1993. I’d say it’s worth a look.”

We love the moon. We write songs, books and movies in its honor. You could say we’re over the moon about everything moon. Here’s a taste of green cheese:

New Moon: This 2009 flick, the second installment in Stephanie Meyer’s hugely successful Twilight Saga, is currently the 37th highest grossing film at the box office of all time. It’s taken in more than $296 million since it was first released, according to IMDB (Internet Movie Database). And this figure includes only theatrical box office receipts; it doesn’t account for video rentals, television rights, or any other revenues.

Goodnight, Moon, the popular children’s book published in 1947, had sold over 4 million copies by 1990. The highly acclaimed bedtime story is about a child saying goodnight to everything around: "Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light and the red balloon..."

won a Grammy for record of the year in 1961 and then went on to multiple covers by numerous well-known artists? Andy Williams recorded a popular version of it (and then used it as the theme song for his TV variety show from 1962 to 1967), but before that the song appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn. Mercer grew up in Savannah, Ga., where Moon River is an actual river that was originally called the Back River; the river was renamed after the song became a hit. The success of the song is said to have re-launched Mercer's career as a songwriter, which had stalled in the mid-1950s because rock and roll replaced jazz standards as the popular music of the time.

Paper Moon, a film by Peter Bogdanovich, premiered in 1973 to great reviews.  It also launched the career of child star Tatum O’Neil, who won an Oscar for supporting actress that year. 

“The Moon and the Yew Tree”: This haunting poem by Sylvia Plath (is there any great poem by Plath that is not haunting?) appeared in her book of poetry, Ariel, in 1961, which won major praise by critics of its day, including Robert Penn Warren and Ann Sexton, and helped to cement the poet’s critical acclaim and reputation as one capable of “a murderous art,” according to A. Alvarez. A rare first edition of Ariel was valued at £350 a few years ago when it was discovered in a charity shop in Glasgow. Plath went on to posthumously win a Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath.

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Related Links:
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (SanDiego.com)
Sailor Moon (ABC News)
Bad Moon Rising by CCR (suite101.com)