It's only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn't be make-beleive
If you believed in me
Maybe I watched too much 'Bear in the big blue house' as a pre-teen, because sometimes I wish the moon had a face and could talk so we could sing together.
What we would sing is yet to be debated. Frank Ocean and Raphael Siddique are on repeat at the moment....so maybe something soulful by them....
The moon has been CRAZY HUGE round here the last few weeks (I dunno if it's just in Manchester, or the whole of the UK, or even around the world?!). But it has been the biggest I think I've ever seen it, and so bright!
i tried to capture it's magnificence, but sadly, pictures never do justice.
I took these around 11.30pm on weds night:
|The qualities a bit rubbish as I took this with my phone|
Here are some fun facts about the moon! (they might not be fun for you, but I loves moon, so play along):
- By measuring the ages of lunar rocks, it has been found that the moon is about 4.6 billion years old (about the same age as the Earth)
- Because the force of gravity at the surface of an object is the result of the object's mass and size, the surface gravity of the moon is only one-sixth that of the Earth. The force gravity exerts on a person determines the person's weight. Even though your mass would be the same on Earth and the moon, if you weigh 132 pounds (60 kilograms) on Earth, you would weigh about 22 pounds (10 kilograms) on the moon.
- The time it takes for the moon to spin once around its own axis-takes the same amount of time as the moon takes to complete one orbit of the Earth (about 27.3 days). So the moons rotation is synchronised in a way that causes the moon to show the same face to the Earth at all times. One hemisphere faces us always, while the other (the dark side) always faces away, and has only been photographed from spacecrafts!
- The shape of the moon appears to change in a repeating cycle when viewed from the Earth because the amount of illuminated moon we see varies, depending on the moon's position in relation to the Earth and the sun. We see the full moon when the sun is directly behind us, illuminating a full hemisphere of the moon when it is directly in front of us. The new moon, when the moon is darkened, occurs when the moon is almost directly between Earth and the sun—the sun's light illuminates only the far side of the moon (the side we can't see from Earth).
- The moon orbits the Earth at an average speed of 2,300 miles an hour (3,700 kilometers an hour).
- The moon's gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides. The moon's gravitational pull causes two bulges of water on the Earth's oceans—one where ocean waters face the moon and the pull is strongest and one where ocean waters face away from the moon and the pull is weakest. Both bulges cause high tides. These are high tides. As the Earth rotates, the bulges move around it, one always facing the moon, the other directly opposite. The combined forces of gravity, the Earth's rotation, and other factors usually cause two high tides and two low tides each day.
Some cultures believe that a woman's menstrual cycle is influenced by the moon (I think something to do with the light the moon produces and it's influence on the body)...I couldn't find any reliable sources of info on it so go forth and research more if it tickles your fancy!
Come back and play soon!