Saturday 19 March 2011

A thought about the moon

Here's something about the moon. When you think about it, it's obvious. And to people of generations before, it was natural - just the way things are. But in our sodium-lit century it's not, and we have so many other things to think about...

When it's very early or late in its cycle - very slender crescent - the moon rises and sets near the sun.

When it's full, the moon is opposite the sun in the sky. So in autumn and spring (and especially just now, as full moon nearly intersects with equinox), the full moon is rising just when the sun sets, and vice versa.

There you go. It's obvious when you think about it and purely scientific, and you could have worked it out yourself and I didn't have to mention extreme weather or any other kind of catastrophe. But isn't it beautiful?

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