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Moon Maid Gallery Pt. 4
O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
The Moon, as Shakespeare suggests in Romeo
and Juliet, is fickle.
Its complex orbit moves it swiftly across
a wide tract of the night and day skies,
changing its appearance continually in both bold and subtle ways.
As it waxes and wanes its features alter dramatically -
rugged heights can turn to pale ghosts,
tiny blemishes can become brilliant beacons,
and thin beams can briefly shine
across the lunar twilight.
Over four billion years ago as the Earth was forming, it was not alone.
The solar system was teaming with other planets and space debris.
It was a fight for the survival of the fittest.
Growing planets consumed the surrounding debris
and collided with one another.
The current most popular theory for the formation of the Moon is that
at some point Earth collided with a mass the size of Mars.
Molten fragments of Earth were sent hurtling from the impact,
but rather than float into space,
they stayed within Earth's gravitational field
and combined to form the Moon.
The Moon was worshipped long before we knew
how closely related it was to the Earth.
It may no longer be widely thought of as a deity,
but it's gravitational pull still affects our ocean's tides and
the lunar calendar still marks our months.
Gods and goddesses of the Moon include
Diana the Roman huntress,
Artemis the Divine Archer in Greek mythology
and the Egyptian goddess Isis.
The legendary Werewolf was believed to roam at full moon
and beyond the myths, the Moon is linked with madness.
The word 'lunatic' comes from luna the Latin for moon,
and was used to describe people showing symptoms of madness
which coincided with a full Moon.
Size - diameter = 3475.6km
Mass = 7.35e22kg
Atmosphere/weather = Negligible
Colour = Grey
Core = Small Iron core
Orbital period = 27.3 days
Distance from Earth = 384 440 km
The moon is the only large moon in the inner solar system.
Some of the moons in our Solar System are larger than some of the planets? Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System, and Saturn's moon Titan are both larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto. The Earth's Moon, Jupiter's moons Callisto, Io, and Europa, and Neptune's moon Triton are all larger than Pluto, but smaller than Mercury.
Contrary to popular belief, the Moon does have an atmosphere. It is very thin. If you took all of the molecules in one cubic centimeter of atmosphere from the Moon and lined them up, they would fit inside the period of this sentence. If you took a cubic centimeter of atmosphere from the earth as sea level and lined all of the molecules up, it would go from the earth to the Moon and back again two and a half times.
The surface speed record on the moon is 10.56 miles per hour. It was set in a lunar rover.
There are over 500,000 craters on the moon that can be seen from the planet Earth.
Flying once around the moon is the equivalent with a round trip from New York to London. (Earth is about four times the size of the moon.)
It is a very curious fact that, although the pack of 52 cards (standard playing deck) was ostensibly produced simply for gaming, it contains a numerical symbolism which is related to the year and to nature. The four suits correspond to the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. They also remind us of the four winds: North, East, South and West. The two colours, red and black, represent day and night. The 52 cards represent the 52 weeks of the year. The four suits of 13 cards each, correspond to the four quarters of the year, each having 13 weeks. The twelve court cards are analogous to the twelve months of the year; and to the twelve hours between noon and midnight. The face value, or pips, of each suit, from Ace to ten, add up to 55. If we call the Jack 11, the Queen 12, and the King 13, then the total of pips for each suit is 91. Multiply this by 4, and it gives a grand total for the whole pack of 364 - plus 1, the Joker and we have 365, the number of days in the year. Furthermore, the four suits of 13 cards each remind us of the four phases of the moon: new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter. These four phases make a lunar month and 13 lunar months are reckoned to the year.
Apollo Lunar Mission number 13 was aborted while enroute to the moon in 1970 because of an explosion of a fuel cell in the service module. This resulted in a loss of service module cryogenic oxygen and consequent loss of capability to generate electrical power, to provide oxygen and to produce water.The flight left the launching pad at 13:13
There is a correlation between the phase of the moon and the frequency of emergency room cases in hospitals.
Online Novels ~ Moon Links:
First Men in the Moon ~ H.G. Wells
From the Earth to the Moon ~
Lunar Phase Animation
Moon Stats & Animations
How To Get A Property On The Moon
The Whole Moon Page
Round the Moon as sequel to From the Earth to the Moon
Moon Stories and Tales
Moon Timeline & Photo Maps
Lunar Eclipse ~ 2000.01.20 ~ Brandon, MB
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