The Man In The Moon

03/25/2011

When I was a kid, people use to talk about being able to see The Man In The Moon.  I always thought, myself, that it took a lot of imagination to visualize it.  But nowadays there’s a very different kind of man-in-the-moon that some people are talking about.  However, it has more to do with science than mythological figures. 

While I don’t pretend to be an expert on the moon, I do generally understand how celestial bodies are suppose to behave and the moon…well it misbehaves.  As one NASA scientist put it, “It seems easier to explain the non-existence of the moon than explain its existence.”  Another NASA scientist went so far as to say that the motion of the moon demonstrates that it is hollow!  It seems that the moon has to maintain an exact speed, course and altitude in order to hold its orbit, something that a natural satellite wouldn’t have to do.  This makes the moon unlike any known natural satellite in the universe!

Then of course, there’s the statistical oddity that the ratio of the distance from the earth to the sun to the distance from the earth to the moon is the same ratio as the sizes of the sun and moon compared to the earth.  This allows for a complete solar eclipse of the sun, which under any normal circumstances would otherwise be impossible.  I won’t bore you with the myriad of other moon anomalies like it rings like a bell or the depth of the craters are not consistent with the overall size of the crater or that the moon spins in an unusal fashion and as a result we see only one side of it.  The other side remains forever dark.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the moon is at least one billion years older than the earth, as evidenced by the moon rocks that the astronauts brought back from the moon.  Since the moon is older than our solar system, it obviously came here from other worlds (somehow) prior to the creation of the solar system.  Perhaps The Man In The Moon brought it here.  For if he hadn’t, life on earth as we know it would not even exist – so say the scientists.  How odd that a much smaller moon is responsible for life on a larger planet unless… unless the environment of the earth were specifically constructed to require such a moon.  In such a scenario, the moon might function as a gateway from the worlds beyond thus allowing life-forms (some would say holographic life-forms) to come to this three dimensional universe.

I’ll leave you with the trailer from the upcoming movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon which starts out with a recreation of an actual moon mission. Astronaut Neil Armstrong (and company) reach the moon and start their moonwalk, shooting live pictures for folks back home.  After they have turned their camera off, you can see that just beyond camera range is a gigantic crashed UFO.  It’s a Steven Spielberg film and as usual he knows more than the rest of us.  Without giving away the plot line, you could say that the astronauts have been sent there to find The Man In The Moon.  I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

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