News of a discovery that the moon might be composed of a number of smaller moons gives some solace during our former republic's appalling slide toward dictatorship.
A series of collisions millions of years ago between the earth and other planetary objects broke off orbiting moonlets that eventually fused into the beautiful celestial object that so excites us. The New Yorker's web site had an extensive article on the Israeli scientists' discovery, and the Wall Street Journal ran a smaller news story.
The new theory challenges the prevailing view that the moon is a single object formed from one explosion between the earth and a small planet known as theia. Unchanged is that the moon is very similar to the earth.
One bit of sad news: The moon is slowly drifting away from us. One day, it will escape the earth's gravity and float away like a child's balloon.
Also, if humans survive, they'll have to look out for the planet mercury crashing into earth millions of years from now. Sort of like the Trump presidency.