Blue Saturn, you left me standing alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.
Hmm. Nah. Let’s try another song. If you believed they put a man on Saturn, man on Saturn… If you believe there’s nothing up my sleeve, then nothing is cool.
Uh, not really. How about these?
Fly me to Saturn and let me play amongst the stars, let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars…
I see the bad Saturn a-risin’… I see trouble on the way… I see earthquakes and lightning… I see bad times today… There’s a bad Saturn on the rise.
All right, all right. It’s official. The planet Saturn cannot replace our moon in the legendary songs that we’ve known and loved for years. Nor can can any other heavenly body, for that matter.
BUT. When I ran into these phenomenal, fun videos from the Russian space agency Roscosmos showing what our skies would look like if, instead of our moon, planets in our solar system rose in our night time skies, I was blown away by the sheer beauty. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and even our own Earth are similar to our moon in size, but Saturn and the bigger boys out there… Hella-scary but breathtaking.
Somewhere in this video is a story waiting to happen. Consider this a writing prompt, why doncha?
An added treat: What if we orbited a star other than our sun, like Alfa-centauri, Vega, or the North Star, for example? (The North Star, Polaris, is waaaaaay too big. Let me outta there!)
The songs referenced in my post, for those too young to remember them. 🙂
“Blue Moon” — Elvis Presley
“Man on the Moon” — R.E.M.
“Fly Me to the Moon” — Frank Sinatra
“Bad Moon Rising” — Creedence Clearwater Revival