The Sun is 400 times the size of the Moon.
It is also 400 times farther away — so both Sun and Moon appear to be the same size.
It hasn’t always been this way; the Moon is moving away from the Earth.
About as fast as your fingernails grow.
When the Moon eclipsed the Sun aeons ago it did so with far less spectacle.
We happen to exist at just the right time to experience these numinous events.
Coincidence? I think: maybe not.
I wonder whether total solar eclipses may have been the sparks that ignited thought.
The flashes that inspired intelligence. That gave rise to us.
I’m no astrophysicist. I’ve reached out to some — to resounding silence.
I guess they probably think I’m nuts (understandably; there are a lot of nuts around).
Those led me to the Rare Earth hypothesis.
My own hypothesis goes beyond, suggesting that intelligent life is very rare.
And therefore all the more precious.
What do you think?