[ExI] Neat

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 02:17:00 UTC 2015

I always thought it was neat that even though the diameter of the sun is
400 times larger than the moon's it's 400 times further away so they both
look the same size to us, and so we can have solar eclipses.

 John K Clark

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:25 AM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> Today I woke up to another grey morning... grey because the moon was
> hiding the sun. (OK, some British clouds were involved too):
> https://flic.kr/p/rqqtpg
> And I realized the universe felt *neat*. The moon and sun perfectly lined
> up with Earth. Which is also at equinox: the plane spanned by our
> rotational angular momentum vector and our velocity vector is at right
> angles to the sun-Earth radius. And the moon is nearly at perigee.
> Not everything is perfectly lined up, and of course these configurations
> recur. But it is a cool place to live. I think I will clean my room today
> as a homage to the celestial neatness.
> Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford
> University
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