The theme of our Keep-Our-Sanity challenge this week is Our Moon.
Our moon has been our solitary companion since earliest days of our solar system. We are still not certain exactly how or when it came into being, but the leading theory is that a large body collided with the Earth approximately 95 million years after the formation of the solar system (which itself is roughly 4.6 billion years old).
Nearly 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans set foot on the Moon, the first time in the history of our planet for any species native to Earth to do so. The iconic image of our home, and the other images below was taken from the surface on the Moon during that historic voyage.
Our moon has inspired human stories and art for millennia. The world over we celebrate it’s luminous presence in our lives and mark our calendars by it.
In the United States, we name each full moon phase using terms that originated among Algonquin Native American tribes from New England to western regions of the Great Lakes. The dates change every year; below are the 2017 dates (this calendar can be found on Space.com) …
|January 12||Wolf Moon|
|February 10||Snow Moon|
|March 12||Worm Moon|
|April 11||Pink Moon|
|May 10||Flower Moon|
|June 9||Strawberry Moon|
|July 9||Buck Moon|
|August 7||Sturgeon Moon|
|September 6||Harvest Moon|
|October 5||Hunter’s Moon|
|November 4||Beaver Moon|
|December 3||Cold Moon|
Every Native American tribes has a variation of the moon names, and many incorporate 13 total phases in a given year. You can find the names for other tribes in American Indian Moons.
Do share your own stories of how our Moon has inspired you and your work!