The World Right Now

If you were somehow on the Moon looking down on Earth — right now, at this very moment — the dynamically generated image below is roughly what you would see (minus the cloud cover, anyway):

Earth from Moon: NASA Blue Marble from Fourmilab.ch
mahalonui to John @ www.fourmilab.ch for the code behind the gif!

Present View of Earth from the Moon

If you can see your part of the world, the part of the planet where you actually are right now, then the moon is probably visible is in your local sky.  But don’t just take my word for it, go outside now, check it and see for yourself.  Yes?

What phase is the moon right now?How does it compare to the realtime image of light and shadow on the Earth?Do you notice anything curious?

I don’t know when you are reading this, so I can’t know what phase the moon is on, BUT I do know if your view of the Earth is almost all night, then our kid-sister Moon is almost full.  If the face of the Earth is almost entirely illuminated, then the Moon is near new. If the Moon is a crescent, then the Earth is gibbous.  If the Moon is waxing, then the Earth is waning,  and so on.  How can this be?

What is going on?

Because we are two bodies in space illuminated by the same Sun, but viewing each other from opposite angles, the ʻphaseʻ of the Earth is always opposite that of the Moon. Neato, yeah?

So what!

Think about it; every New Moon, the Earth is full, and every full Moon, the Earth is NEW.  Let that sink in for a minuke or two — a every month, a New Earth!

How cool is that?!!!

For those who insist that things will never change, gosh it turns out there is a silver lining. Every time you look to the sky to find the Moon bright, fat and full, now you know that so too the Earth is New!  Again!

If like me, you perhaps find this spirituality uplifting and liberating, we can all thank the heavens for that!

Viva la evolution!

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