The nature of the moon
Our moon was formed as a result of an enormous collision between two planetary objects. How do we know that? What is it made from?It is responsible for the pattern of our tides, which arguably shortened the time for life on dry land to evolve. It's periodic rhythms from new moon to full moon and back helped humanity to measure time. Countless myths, legends and beliefs abound.
In January, there will be a Blue Moon (second full moon in a month), whereas in February it will be a Black Moon (No full moon). The First Quarter moon was on 23rd February, and many people say this is the best time to observe the moon. The edge of the moon shadow (the Terminator) is a great place to see the craters and other features which stand out in bold relief. The moonlight isn’t too strong to make stars and constellations difficult to see.
Sun and Moon with faces (1493 woodcut). The moon's depiction as male or female depended upon local cultures.
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
planetary impact with earth creates debris that formed the earth