The arrival of the Moon in its full phase on April 29 will bring many admiring faces as people look back and look back on the "face of the ages". This is the man's faithful face in the moon, the imaginative representation we see between the darker areas of the lunar surface, which are always focused on the earth.
Like a friend who visits every month with all his eyes I seem to have looked back at the moon. We do not have to look exactly or just to the date of Full Moon. For several days before and after, the moon is almost full. During the "Gibbous" phase, which shapes the moon like a football, most of the face is clearly visible.
While Man in the Moon is the most popular image, others have imagined a profile of a woman, as well as a jumping bunny. It is not unlike finding various forms in swollen cumulus clouds. Different cultures have imagined different things and developed different traditions around the lunar history.
We do not need a telescope or binoculars to see this. As humanity first looked up on a clear moonlit night, the moon face was already there. It was not until Galileo first carried out telescopic studies of the Moon in 1
Astronomers once speculated that the vast dark plains are farther the moon, which constitutes man's "features" on the moon, were oceans and seas. Thus, the dark areas received names like "Sea of Tranquility", "Sea of Tranquility" and "Ocean of Storms". The term we use for these dark levels is "Maria", Latin for the sea.
As lunar research progressed, we learned that these areas are extensive, hardened lava when asteroids violently collided with the moon
Interestingly, the other side of the moon is almost without Mary. Imagine, only 27 people have ever seen the other side – the Apollo astronauts orbiting the moon between 1968 and 1972 (12). Unmanned spaceships have mapped both sides in detail.
The moon is actually turning around; it revolves around the earth once for every turn that one side constantly faces the planet. Most moons in the solar system do the same thing. We call this synchronous rotation. Mention this at your next social mixer.
The conversation about the "Man in the Moon" seems to be a pastime for children. Are not we all children in understanding? The more we learn or think that we have learned about the universe, the more questions we ask and the more opportunities we have to humble ourselves. Most of them are not like robots and find their fascination only in the cold calculations and theorems of this world and beyond.
Whether we are a child first experiencing nature or an experienced adult, are we still not from the sheer sight of a blooming flower, a baby smile, a goose formation, snow-capped mountains, roaring waves, or the stars above the clouds? I suggest that for all of us, beginners or scientists, something as simple as the smiling "Man in the Moon" in the sky will always amaze us.
In doing so, we establish a connection both to what is first inspired us as a child, as an adult pointed to the face of the moon; with our ancestors of thousands of years back, and certainly our descendants, who, after we've been gone for a long time, still have the same moon that we enjoyed.
– Peter Becker is Managing Editor at The News Eagle of Hawley, PA. Notes are welcome at [email protected] Please indicate in which newspaper or on which website you read this column.