Possibly the coolest moon gadget I have come across lately. Google earth offers a “moon tour” using what seems to be the same technology and/or services they use to bring you google earth.
This moon tour allows you to view the surface of the moon. While viewing the moon you can view different flags or “pins” that are numbered. Each numbered pin is a different object or feature that is on the moons surface.
“As they traveled, the astronauts paused occasionally to put down the Modular Equipment Transporter (MET) and take panoramas with their hand-held cameras. If nothing else, the panoramas could later be analyzed on the ground and used to reconstruct the path of their traverse.”
The moon has four phases: The new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter. The quarter describes the stage of where the moon is in relation to it’s cycle. The first quarter of the moon phase would put the moon 1/4th of the way through it’s cycle.
The moon’s cycle goes from: new moon —> first quarter —> full moon (2nd quarter) —> third quarter —> then begins again as the new moon.
Before it gets to the first quarter the moon has to begin it’s approximate 29 day cycle somewhere, it begins as the new moon, the first phase of the moon cycle. The easiest way to know if the moon is a new moon is if you see no moon at all. The new moon is actually in a position that is between the sun and the earth so all of the sun’s light will shine on the side of the moon that we do not see from earth, this is why it appears that the moon is not there. Think of it as if someone was standing in front of your light source, your light would be blocked and a shadow would be cast where the light “should” have been.
Since the United States first landed on the moon some people have doubted that the landing actually happened; in fact, there is a conspiracy theory that thinks otherwise of the mission. Some people believe that in 1969 NASA, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong were not actually on the moon but in a Hollywood studio. Although there are the conspiracy theorists to the moon landing it DID actually happen, and it happened on the moon!
Did you know that from earth we always only see one side of the moon. The other side of the moon, nicknamed “the dark side” always faces away from the earth and has never been seen from this point of view.
Moon Signs, there are ways to figure out what your moon sign is, here is a list of some sites so you can do it. The sun sign is another astrology sign that a lot of people like to get too. Your moon sign is similar to getting your horoscope, they are signs of astrology, of course though there is skepticism in these signs. They try to show you your “fate” by using the planets system as a “map” to possibly show the effects it has on people. The moon and sun sign are said to be the most important of the astrology signs.
Some of these sites not only explain your moon sign better but also have moon sign widgets you can add to your site.