The moon, one of our most admired heavenly bodies’, creates awe and excitement every time we gaze at it in the depths of the night sky. We are fascinated by its illumination taking center stage among the stars and other celestial bodies in space.
With the help of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the capability for humankind to explore the moon, and learn about the discovery of our universe, solar system, earth and space, pioneered a universal opportunity for science, aeronautics and space exploration. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 and President John F. Kennedy’s vision of the United States of America sending astronauts to the moon by the end of the 1960’s became a reality. With the help of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Thus, Moon Day is celebrated each year on July 20.
Why is there such a fascination with the moon?
1. The lunar illumination dramatically transforms from the new moon to the full, waxing and waning phases. This type of metamorphosis is intriguing.
2. The mystery, commanding power, energy, intuition and presence the moon has, captivates our curiosity about this celestial body.
3. The moon is the sole universal body that can be seen from Earth, without needing the assistance of a telescope. It is the closest heavenly body to planet earth.
4. There are many legends associated with the cycles of the moon that transcends generations.
5. The peculiar behavior that occurs among humans and animals during a full moon is studied and analyzed.
6. The moon influences and inspires writers to compose poems, novels, nursery rhymes and other folklore about it.
7. There is a connection to divine creation and wisdom with this cosmic sensation.
Watching a lunar eclipse, witnessing the moon’s presence during daylight or staring at a full moon as it casts a spotlight on a starry night makes people pause, and gives them the motivation to observe and wonder about the other planetary bodies that find their place among the heavens. The reasons why people are so fascinated by the moon encapsulates scientific curiosity and discovery, as well as inspiration for creativity and meditation.