“Half moonshine, full eclipse” – Taylor Swift uses Earthshine as a metaphor for celebrity #shorts

From Dr. Becky.

In the lyrics "half moonshine, full eclipse" from Clara Bow, is Taylor Swift referring to Earthshine on the Moon? Is this a really clever metaphor for celebrity and parasocial relationships? I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve listened to The Tortured Poets Department now, but I am absolutely loving it. And crying. And somehow still being very productive at work. It’s an art. #ttpd #taylorswift #astronomy

👩🏽‍💻 I’m Dr. Becky Smethurst, an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). I love making videos about science with an unnatural level of enthusiasm. I like to focus on how we know things, not just what we know. And especially, the things we still don’t know. If you’ve ever wondered about something in space and couldn’t find an answer online – you can ask me! My day job is to do research into how supermassive black holes can affect the galaxies that they live in. In particular, I look at whether the energy output from the disk of material orbiting around a growing supermassive black hole can stop a galaxy from forming stars.