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 have taken the time to decode what ancient writings say of the heavenly spheres, the Bible specifies that the moon, sun, and the stars are used by God to mark the different seasons. According to Dennis McCarthy from the U.S. Naval Observatory, to be able to distinguish between seasons, one uses the location of the sun with respect to the stars, to be able to tell from day and night, one uses the rising and setting of the sun, and to be able to tell between months, one uses the phases of the moon. In that respect it can be assumed that the Bible, which was written more than two thousand years ago, was indeed, correct. But what about the portions that say that those same celestial bodies are used by God as divine signs?
The moon is mentioned abundantly in the scripture, many researches say the phases of the moon have a direct relationship with what occurs around the world. Judy Isacoff writes "The phases of the moon are a significant part of our experience of life on Earth." According to NASA, one half of the moon is always illuminated by the Sun, but what one can see on Earth can vary from fully lit, to fully unlit. 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...

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