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Sun, Moon and Earth

13 13 12 Although apparently lifeless, the Moon greatly affects life on the Earth. The fluctuating monthly rhythm of reflected light, the twice daily ebb and flow of the tides and many natural cycles are all essentially locked to the lunar phases as, uniquely, is the reproductive cycle of humankind. The Moon is associated with women and the number 13, perhaps because she moves 13 degrees a day and orbits the Earth 13 times in one year. People see a man in the moon or sometimes a hare, owl, swan or lady. At an average distance of 240,000 miles, the Moon is our nearest neighbour. Her radius is 1080 miles compared with that of the Earth at 3960 miles, a ratio of 311. However, the Moon is not spherical, and the Earths gravity pulls the larger hemisphere always towards us. The Moon thus has its dark side, which we never see, but which paradoxically becomes fully lit each new moon. The Moons orbital plane is tilted to that of the Earth below and the Moon crosses the Suns path the ecliptic twice monthly. A full or new Moon occuring at this time places the Sun, Moon and Earth in alignment, enabling eclipses to occur. the moon the goddess of the night
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