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A New Look At The Moon


By: Karal Ayn Barnett c 1998


One clear night in 1178, eight Canterbury monks were observing the moon when suddenly, the "upper horn of the new moon seemed to split in two and a flame shot from it...after which the moon...writhed and throbbed like a wounded snake."


The strange lunar fireworks observed in medieval times had largely been dismissed by science. But with the more recent information delivered by the moon probe, Clementine, science is taking another look. The tantalizing evidence brought back by Clementine suggests that maybe the medieval monks had not gone mad after all.


The Clementine data showed a large crater on the moon's surface that appeared to be fairly new. The data suggests that the moon had received a tremendous blow, presumably from an asteroid, during the 12th century.


Clementine's other findings suggest the possibility that the moon may one day reveal ice deposits, now hidden in the shadows of its south pole, and that the moon once experience volcanic activity in its distant past.


Whatever else may be discovered from the Clementine probe, the data strongly suggests that we have much more to learn about Earth's closest neighbor. ***


Karal Ayn Barnett c1998



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