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Moonshine

Jonah:

Sci-fi fans will recall Larry Niven’s story “The Inconstant Moon.” Astronomer iis drinking in a bar at night. Steps outside for a breath of air, notices that the moon is much, much brighter than it ought to be. Figures the sun has gone nova, the sunlit side of the earth must have been totally fried, and he has about 6 hours to live…

Just a thought, next time you look up and the moon seems awfully bright.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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