“I was lying in a burned out basement… With the Full Moon in my eyes…” Hey, welcome to my world. You, know, the Full Moon has been credited to many things over the years… werewolves, disasters, fertility, accidents and even crime, suicide and mental illness. Farmers plant their crops by lunar phases and (strangely enough) I’ve even heard tale that some brokers buy and sell stocks according to phases of the Moon. While it’s more myth than fact that seeing Selene in full light has an effect on our human behavior, one thing is for certain… There’s nothing like the details you can glimpse on this distant, barren, rocky orb. Chances are, if you’re seeing two pictures, then you’re about to embark on another stereo journey thanks to the magic of Jukka Metsavaino. Are you ready to take a quarter of a million mile journey? Then let’s go…
As always, whenever we present a dimensional visualization it is done in two fashions. The first is called “Parallel Vision” and it is much like a magic eye puzzle. When you open the full size image and your eyes are the correct distance from the screen, the images will seem to merge and create a 3D effect. However, for some folks, this doesn’t work well – so Jukka has also created the “Cross Version”, where you simply cross your eyes and the images will merge, creating a central image which appears 3D. For some folks, this won’t work either… But I hope it does for you, because this image blew me away!
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At 4:01 a.m. Universal Time on May 9, the Moon was officially considered “full” – the point in the lunar cycle when the Moon exactly opposes the Sun. If you wish to be technical, you could say Full Moon occurs when the geocentric apparent (ecliptic) longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees. Perhaps a little more colorfully you could just say it was fully illuminated. But, no matter how you say it, the truth is that lunar effects don’t really impact human behavior, except for perhaps sparking a relationship. After all, what’s a good romance without a Full Moon?
The reality check is almost everything you hear associated with the Full Moon is myth that has been perpetuated by folklore and the media. Studies have proved that hormones don’t run any higher and babies aren’t born more frequently at this time. Women aren’t any more fertile and the only reason that more accidents and catastrophes seem to occur when our nearest astronomical neighbor is fully lit is simply because it’s more noticeable – and thereby more memorable. And when you see a Full Moon in a telescope and it looks like the image above? It will live in your memory forever!
Go on… Enjoy it for what it is – and enjoy some of the fun that myth and even astrology can give to a very normal function of our solar system. It’s “Truth or Dare Moon” when it happens in the constellation of Scorpio. In folklore the May Full Moon is called the Hare or Flower Moon… or even the Milk Moon, Dragon Moon, Planting Moon, Panther Moon, Bright Moon, Grass Moon and Worm Moon. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s a favorable time of the Moon to plant beans, beets, cucumbers and potatoes – but not to go fishing. Try astronomy instead!
“Lunatic fringe… I know you’re out there.”