Essay on Celestial Objects: The Phases of The Moon

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Celestial objects have amazed the human race ever since history started being recorded. The moon, the stars and all visible heavenly bodies have been studied for thousands of years, millions of people over the decades have dedicated their lives to researching these wondrous objects. The moon alone has been the subject of not only research but endless discoveries as well, and for many others, the moon was a goddess. According to Donald J. Frederick, ancient civilizations like the Mayans deemed the moon as a feminine entity, they worshipped the moon in order to get pregnant. The Greeks called the goddess of the moon by the name Selene, and also adored it. Copious other ancient civilizations saw the moon with great reverence as well. Others …show more content…
The principal lunar phases are new moon, full moon, first quarter moon, and last quarter moon. The moon is also the only natural satellite of the earth. The moon goes through lunar cycles every few years called the "Blood Moons" in which it literally turns the color of blood, red, hence the name. In the book of Joel, God says "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood..." These phenomenon described in the passage is called a Full Lunar Eclipse, it occurs when the earth is positioned between the sun and the moon, and the moon is in the shadow of the earth. What causes the red hue is the atmosphere of the earth, the atmosphere glows red because the electromagnetic wave of the color red has the longest wavelength. "The visible red light has a [longer] wavelength... At sunrise and sunset, red or orange colors are present because the wavelengths associated with these colors are less efficiently scattered by the atmosphere than the shorter wavelength colors (e.g., blue and purple). A large amount of blue and violet light has been removed as a result of scattering and the long wave colors, such as red and orange, are more readily seen" ("What Wavelength Goes With a Color"). The full moon eclipses usually occur in September and October, once a year, but when 4 full lunar eclipses occur in less than 2 years it is called a Tetrad. Since year 1

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