The Same Moon

The same Moon. Earth’s own natural satellite and closest companion. It is the brightest object in the sky
after the Sun. When we look at it, the Moon apparently appears to have the same size of the Sun. That makes it
precisely aligned during Solar eclipses! Wonder eh?

Talking of size, our Moon is quarter the size of Earth and it’s maximum 59% visible from Earth. It’s rotation is in sync
with the Earth and thus we see the same face of the Moon every other night—the other face is always hidden!

Studies show that it’s older than Earth. There is no wind, nor there is any global magnetic field. Lunar scientists
are amazed at the finding of heavier elements on it’s surface than in it’s core (on the contrary, the reverse is
usually true, like Earth). Though its surface is actually very dark, its reflective properties does the ‘shining’ job.

Apart from it’s gravitational influences on tidal waves, the Moon has made many cultural influences—in religion,
language, calendar, art and mythology.

When I shot this, it was in 3rd quarter phase and this shape of the Moon is called Waning Gibbous.

A funny note—In a survey conducted in 1988, 13% of those surveyed believed that the moon is made of cheese.

The same MoonLinking with Skywatch Friday.


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