Let's get over the moon with the real world

A supermoon rises over Mexico City, Mexico on Oct 16, 2016.
A supermoon rises over Mexico City, Mexico on Oct 16, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Most of the time, we see people glued to their mobile devices, oblivious to their surroundings.

On Nov 14, everyone should set aside their gadgets and look up to the sky at night to see the rare supermoon; an astronomical event not seen in the last seven decades ("Nov 14 supermoon will be a rare visual treat"; Nov 5).

There has been an increasing interest in space exploration, with the latest event being the launching of two Chinese astronauts on the country's longest space mission ("China sends astronauts on longest space mission"; Oct 18). China even intends to send an astronaut to the moon by 2025.

It would be good if we can get the young to forget the virtual world for a moment and see the finer things in life in the real or natural world.

Gazing at the moon may not be something everyone is interested in.

People may argue that there is a full moon to be seen every month, but this one is special and should be cherished and appreciated. After all, the next time the moon gets this close to Earth will be in 2034 - 18 years from now.

So, on Nov 14, let us all be stargazers.

A. Kannan