This post was inspired by an article on Astronomy.com. You can read more here.
We look up at the moon, and what do we see? Do we see what poets saw, what astronomers in Egypt and Persia saw thousands of years ago? There are human footprints on the moon, now. The moon is a muse, a mirror, a metaphor. It is familiar, and changing as our own faces.
Can you imagine the night sky without the moon in it?
The sky would not be the same, nor the world we live on. The moon affects the ocean tides on earth, holds our tilted planet steady. Without the moon there would be no tides or seasons as we know them. Nocturnal animals would be affected. Migratory birds would be affected. The climate would dramatically change.
Would we have clocks and calendars? How would cultures with lunar-based calendars be different? Would there be poetry, romance, werewolves and vampires? There would be no eclipses. No moonlight. What would we imagine in its place?
Maybe something to think about, as the moon grows more full in the early evening sky, and these long nights before the winter solstice. The full moon on December 12 is also called the cold moon, or the long-night’s moon. The winter solstice (also called midwinter) will occur on December 21.
The moon is with us, whatever the weather. But what if there was no moon?