Thursday, September 10, 2009

Moon Time

Scientists believe that the Moon was created 4 billion years ago when a Mars-sized planet crashed into the Earth. Can you imagine the violence of such a collision?

Born in violence, our Moon has become a stabilizing influence on the Earth; to its tides, to its weather, to its rotation. Without the Moon, it has been conjectured that we would have tides rising to 100’s of feet tall, weather that would be wildly variable as the Earth would come off of its stable tilt of 23.5 degrees. The Sahara might one year be encased in ice, while the Arctic would finally melt. There would be no more seasons; food would become nearly impossible to grow without predictable weather.

Without the Moon, Earth would be a very different place, uninhabitable to life as we know it. The next time you look up to see the Moon, be thankful for all the many blessings it bestows on us.

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