Serious Moonlight: Fourteen Stunning Moons
Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year when the earth is positioned directly between the sun and moon, blocking the sun’s rays from our rocky satellite. Due to this positioning, the moon is always full during an eclipse.
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A harvest moon is the full moon that appears closest to the autumnal equinox. It’s also referred to as the wine moon, the singing moon, and the elk call moon.
Random Lunacy: If you’re standing directly under the moon, you’ll weigh slightly less, due to its gravitational pull. (Note the emphasis on “slightly”: this is not an effective weight-loss regimen.)
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Cloudy Harvest Moon
The moon’s an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun. —William Shakespeare
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A blood moon is the first full moon after a harvest moon. It’s sometimes called a hunter’s moon.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. —Buddha
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I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. —Albert Einstein
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Buzz Lightyear was the first man on the moon, according to a survey of one thousand students conducted in the UK in 2010. They also informed surveyors that the queen of England invented the telephone.
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’Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere …
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I don’t know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum. —George Bernard Shaw
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Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. —Mark Twain
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War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull. —Mark Twain
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The moon is nothing but a circumambulating aphrodisiac divinely subsidized to provoke the world into a rising birthrate. —Christopher Fry
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There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. —Joseph Conrad
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