Little kids who ask "do you know what?" and immediately tell you all their favorite facts are my people

I did this so much as a small child that I was banned from using that phrase, I am always here for small children to tell me about dinosaurs or Iron Man or to rattle off their mom's cell phone number in delight

Please tell me your "do you know what" fact you're burning to share with someone today

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@checkervest The moon is 400 times closer to the earth than the sun is. The sun is 400 times bigger than the moon.

This is why they look the same size in the sky, which is what makes total solar eclipses possible.

This isn't going to be the case on most planets, and it wasn't the case for all of earth's history either (because gravity, the distance between the earth and moon changes very slowly).

We live on a charmed planet and in a charmed epoch where this is possible.

@bright_helpings whoaa Erik this is doing my brain in, what a fascinating miracle!!

@checkervest @bright_helpings I learnt about this the day before yesterday, when me and my partner watched Moonfall. 😅

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I dunno - one of the less believable world-building features. Seems too convenient.

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@bright_helpings @checkervest the utterly wild improbability of this is why seeing the total solar eclipse in august 2017 was the closest thing to a religious experience I've ever had

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Yes, as far as anyone knows, this is totally coincidental. It's just "The Weird Thing About Earth".

If interstellar travel is ever really a thing, alien tourists will probably come here to see our weird eclipses!
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Many of the unusual properties of the Earth as a planet are somehow related to either evolution of or habitability by intelligent, multicellular life -- which is NOT coincidental. It's the "weak anthropomorphic principle": if it were not so, we wouldn't be here to talk about it.

But not the Sun & Moon being the same size. No reason to believe that affects either.

But it HAS had a huge impact on human culture. Just think about the role in dualist philosophies.

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