The Cosmic Rabbit

“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?” "Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.” ― A.A. Milne

Movies on Astronomy.

This is far from the full story or the end of the story. Jean, the explosives expert, drone company owner and wildly excited about astronomy astronomer said that he gives talks on astronomy and if I had a group of 4 or 5 people..."Jean",I said, I'll pay for a group if you like but I want a tour of the stars tomorrow"

"Cool man" he said. "Come tomorrow at 7pm. and I'll take you on a trip like no other you've been on.

Wow, I couldn't wait. This I gotta see. I could just feel his excitement and energy just talking about stars.

I arrived the next evening at the agreed time and Johan came charging out of the farmhouse again saying "hurry, hurry,hurry..get to the airfield immediately, Jean says you must get there as soon as possible. "Oh no. I came to the Karoo to chill and everything is a rush" "You don't understand" Johan said, "the moon is rising and Jean needs to show you stuff before it comes up and he's got quite a lot to show you".

I race towards the airffield and ffind the mad astronomer in a wild giggling ffit of excitement. I go down the Rabbit Hole on a trip the likes of which I've never experienced before. My excitement bubbles over and he screams with sheer joy as the moon rises and we look through the telescope at the moon rising. "I've waited to meet you all of my life Anthony" he says " and you and I are going to do movies on astronomy that will rock the establishment. I'll give you one clue tonight and pick me up for lunch tomorrow and I'll ffill you in about the rest of the story. "Ok" I said "so what's the big clue then ?" 

"You see that out there ?  Western Astronomers gave it the name "The Milky Way" How fucking pathetic and boring.

Couldn't they come up with something better than that ?

"You want to know what the Bushmen call it ? The Backbone of the Night ! How's that for a fucking Name ! I'll tell you something else he says, the Bushmen have known for thousands of years that a dung beetle cannot navigate on a cloudy night. "Oh" I said " and so what does that mean?"

It means that the dung beetle, like many other animals, use the stars to navigate. The Bushmen have always known this but modern astronomy just conveniently push aside that knowledge as if it's tribal and unproven. If the Bushmen have observed it then we can ffilm it and ruffle a few feathers with our documentaries. I meet him for lunch the next day and cannot believe the stories he has to tell.