CONFESSIONS OF A PET-A-HOLIC
Big-hearted hippy girl, Jupiter, tells us about her many, many moons
Yes, Iím one of those girls. The one who canít resist a pair of big, shining, needy, hopeful pair of adorable little eyesÖ
I have rescued 63 pets. You earthlings like to call them moons.
Itís like, my cosmic duty, yíknow? Iím the largest planet in the Solar System. More than twice as massive as all the other planets combined--- like, 88,846 miles in diameter! So because of my size (is it my fault the universe blessed me with hair with this kind of volume?) I have this totally powerful gravitational pull that attracts the little wayward souls straight to me. And when they do, I embrace them and keep them safe and happy in my orbit of love. All 63 of them.
The first four I found---Io the pup, Callisto the cat, Europa the bunny and Ganymede the ferret--- I call my Galilean Moons after that crazy Earth dude, Galileo Galilei, who first saw them over 400 years through a telescope he totally made himself. It was so awesome Ďcause when he found them, it clued him in that the universe didnít revolve around Earth (which is what everybody totally thought way back way then,) and changed how astronomers saw the universe, like, forever. Psychadelic, huh?
So, yeah, Iím one of those girls. And Iím, like, totally happy to be that way, yíknow? I mean, how can one strive to become one with the universe without reaching out to all creatures in need, yíknow?