Worming Forward

Friday, March 26, 2021

Very early this morning, my camera captured the March Moon it its setting phase. Already the moon seems almost full, but tomorrow nearer to earth will appear more full and glorious. Some experts consider the March moon a Supermoon, as one of the few most-near to earth. Casually, March’s is known as the Worm Moon, for occurring in warming weather when worms emerge from the ground.

Along with most everybody, I love full moons. Besides lighting darkness and making shadows less threatening, their nearness increases naked-eye visibility, suggesting possible surface contours, and viewers begin to imagine. Moon appearances since time immemorial have in humans generated wholehearted responses.

When I was a little girl, the moon’s shadows convinced me there was “a man in the moon”. When older and learning of Shakespeare, he and the moon became intertwined in my mind and imagination. Most everybody recalls the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, where Juliet says, “O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”

The moons continually compel human imagination, aside from our comprehension that earth rotates elliptically on its axis. Not revolving in perfect circles, the earth physically alters between being close to or farther away from moons. We see, understand, and imagine.

How this morning’s sighting has consumed my brain! Astronomy, a huge, fascinating and fun, topic. These days, incredibly more interesting, too, with a space vehicle physically having landed on Mars and exploring.

Dear Friends: Our intelligence is increasing quickly, and ahead, knowledge will be very technical. Diana

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