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Posts: 441
From: San Jose, California, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 04-09-2004 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While driving home the other evening, I made a turn and suddenly and unexpectedly came in sight of a huge and very beautiful full moon which just had risen over the mountains. It was shining through a very thin cloud that was illuminated by the moonshine. Despite the fact that I am a reasonably well educated 21st century adult who's fascination with space exploration has given me at least an average person's scientific understanding of the moon, I have to admit that for a split second after seeing it, my instant reaction was one of dread and perhaps a tiny bit of fear. This all passed in less than the blink of an eye. I often gaze at the nighttime sky and the moon out of wonder, curiosity or just to enjoy its beauty, but do not recall such a sensation from seeing it before. It seems as if this sudden sight of the moon was enough to transform me into one of our ancient ancestors peering out of his cave and seeing the moon after being awakend by the growl of some hungry beast outside. Besides the scientific and the historical interest of the Apollo missions, what do you feel when you look at the moon? I am curious if this is one more reason why I should just call the guys with the straight jackets to come pick me up or if this kind of thing has happened to anyone else? Maybe they can provide a nice padded room big enough for us all. Regards and Happy Holiday,


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From: Syracuse, New York, USA
Registered: May 2003

posted 04-09-2004 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Carrie   Click Here to Email Carrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years back, there was an unusual and severe (for this area) storm here during Sunday night over Labor Day weekend. Earlier that night, I was coming home from the State Fair with my mother, and looked up at a full Moon. I remarked to her that it was giving me the creeps, because it had a strange aura around it, and was lit in such a way that it looked bloodstained. Where the seas normally look gray, they were an ominous red. It was a much different sort of look than an orange harvest moon, and I shuddered.

The storm hit suddenly during the night, damaging a lot of property, including collapsing a building at the State Fair onto some sleeping people who were staying on the grounds, and killing them. It closed the Fair early that year.

I always find the Moon striking, but usually in a much more peaceful, beautiful, or inspiring way. That night, though, it was like it was telling me something bad was going to happen. -C

Rob Joyner

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From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 04-10-2004 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can remember sitting with my Mom in that reddish orange recliner watching Neil & Buzz walk on the Moon. My sister, a year and a half younger than I, came running into the house exclaiming that she saw the astronauts on the Moon!
I remember telling her, "No, you didn't! They're too far away!"
...And of course I went out to take a look for myself! I didn't see any astronauts walking on the Moon that night, but I remember thinking, "They're up there!"
I haven't thought about that in a long time but I actually did look up at the Moon that night knowing that there were other people up there. That changed the way I looked up at the Moon and the night sky forever.

Larry McGlynn

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From: Boston, MA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 04-10-2004 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Would this painting* describe how you felt that night when looking at the moon?

You are not alone in that type of thinking.

Larry McGlynn

*Painting entitled "Ancient Observation" done by Detlev VanRavenswaay


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From: Virginia
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posted 04-10-2004 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"what do you feel when you look at the moon?"

A strong desire to go there!


PS... nice painting Larry!


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posted 04-10-2004 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I once did some post graduate research of remapping the Back side of the moon, specifically exact crater counts from close up photos taken from early missions. Ever since then when I look up at the full moon,
I recall what the back side of our satellite
actually looks like close up. As close as I ever came to the work Al Worden, Mike Collins, & company ever did.
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posted 04-11-2004 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for   Click Here to Email     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am feeling a little shy about this but I always see a face staring at me when I look at the moon at night. Does anyone else see a face formed by the craters on the moon? It is a warm, caring facial expression. I feel that God is looking down upon us. Call me nuts, but it is very spiritual for me.



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From: Lafayette, CA
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 04-11-2004 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

If I'm pointing out images, I always see the rabbit, actually.


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From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
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posted 04-11-2004 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure nobody needs me to bring this up, but a bizarre affect from the moon is nothing new. Hence the term "lunatic."



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From: San Jose, California, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 04-13-2004 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the replies. Either I am not a lunatic after all, or I'll have plenty of company in that padded room. Yes, I'm aware of the origings of the word lunatic, but had never really experienced the moon's effect like that personally before. The old expression "Man in the Moon" shows that others have seen that face before too. That's a nice painting, but the thin cloud the moon was illuminating was more oval shaped and only 3 or 4 times bigger than the moon itself, making it look sort of eyeballish. The yellowish color isn't too far off. Hi Carrie. I see you are from Syracuse. I'm Utica born and raised but moved out here to California 20+ years ago. I don't miss those New York winters at all! It's nice to know that our lunar explorations and all the advances in science and technology have not erased that big wonderfull ball's ability to drive our imaginations. Regards to all and keep looking up!

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