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Sun, Moon and Earth

16 the tock oF the moon the lunation cycle or lunar month The Moon begins her monthly phases acting as consort to the Sun, appearing as a sliver of silver to his left. This is the new moon, shaped like a reversed C. Each successive day finds her belonging more and more to the night sky as the waxing phases increase the crescent to a quarter, gibbous, and then full moon, taking about thirteen days to complete. Only at full moon does the Moon escape the Sun, becoming entirely nocturnal and reflecting the maximum silvery light down onto the night landscape. The waning cycle then progressively delivers the Moon back into the daytime skies as she leads the Sun, setting later and later in the day until, again after about thirteen days, she approaches the Sun once more, glimpsed as a tiny C shaped crescent to his right. The Moon then disappears for about three days, lost in the light of the Sun at the new moon. This whole cycle is called the lunation cycle, lunar or synodic month the time between full or new moons, an average 29.53059 days. An inscribed 5000 year old kerb stone at Knowth, in the Boyne valley, Ireland, appears to mark the lunation cycle. The impressive spiral correctly covers the three days of new moon, and 15 days later the full moon is marked within a 29 based motif. The serpent enclosed by this lunation motif has 30 turns, 29 being the average between the two. The sarsen circle at Stonehenge was built with with 30 huge upright stones, one of which is half the width of the others, again suggesting 29 and hence a lunation cycle. 1 2 1 2 17
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