STRANGE MOON FACTS
Compiled by Ronald Regehr.
" The Moon is the Rosetta stone of the Planets."
>Robert Jastrow, First
Chairman, NASA Lunar Exploration Committee<
After hundreds of years of detailed observation and study, our closest companion in the vast universe, Earth's moon, remains an enigma. Six moon landings and hundreds of experiments have resulted in more questions being asked than answered. Among them
1. Moon's Age: The moon is far older than previously expected. Maybe even older than the Earth or the Sun. The oldest age for the Earth is estimated to be 4.6 billion years old; moon rocks were dated at 5.3 billion years old, and the dust upon which they were resting was at least another billion years older.
2. Rock's Origin: The chemical composition of the dust upon which the rocks sat differed remarkably from the rocks themselves, contrary to accepted theories that the dust resulted from weathering and breakup of the rocks themselves. The rocks had to have come from somewhere else.
3. Heavier Elements on Surface: Normal planetary composition results in heavier
elements in the core and lighter materials at the surface; not so with the
moon. According to Wilson, "The abundance of refractory elements like
titanium in the surface areas is so pronounced that several geologists proposed
the refractory compounds were brought to the moon's surface in great quantity
in some unknown way. They don't know how, but that it was done cannot be
questioned." (Emphasis added).
4. Water Vapour: On March 7, 1971, lunar instruments placed by the astronauts recorded
a vapour cloud of water passing across the surface of the moon. The cloud
lasted 14 hours and covered an area of about 100 square miles.
5. Magnetic Rocks: Moon rocks were magnetised. This is odd because there is no magnetic
field on the moon itself. This could not have originated from a "close
call" with Earth an encounter would have ripped the moon apart.
6. No Volcanoes: Some of the moon's craters originated internally, yet there is
no indication that the moon was ever hot enough to produce volcanic eruptions.
7. Moon Mascons: Mascons, which are large, dense, circular masses lying twenty
to forty miles beneath the centres of the moon's maria, "are broad,
disk-shaped objects that could be possibly some kind of artificial construction.
For huge circular disks are not likely to be beneath each huge maria, centered
like bull's-eyes in the middle of each, by coincidence or accident."
8. Seismic Activity: Hundreds of "moonquakes" are recorded each year that
cannot be attributed to meteor strikes. In November, 1958, Soviet astronomer
Nikolay A. Kozyrev of the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory photographed
a gaseous eruption of the moon near the crater Alphonsus. He also detected
a reddish glow that lasted for about an hour. In 1963, astronomers at the
Lowell Observatory also saw reddish glows on the crests of ridges in the
Aristarchus region. These observations have proved to be precisely identical
and periodical, repeating themselves as the moon moves closer to the Earth.
These are probably not natural phenomena.
9. Hollow Moon: The moon's mean density is 3.34 gm/cm3 (3.34 times an equal volume
of water) whereas the Earth's is 5.5. What does this mean? In 1962, NASA
scientist Dr. Gordon MacDonald stated, "If the astronomical data are
reduced, it is found that the data require that the interior of the moon
is more like a hollow than a homogeneous sphere." Nobel chemist Dr.
Harold Urey suggested the moon's reduced density is because of large areas
inside the moon where is "simply a cavity." MIT's Dr. Sean C.
Solomon wrote, "the Lunar Orbiter experiments vastly improved our knowledge
of the moon's gravitational field . . . indicating the frightening possibility
that the moon might be hollow." In Carl Sagan's treatise, Intelligent
Life in the Universe, the famous astronomer stated, "A natural satellite
cannot be a hollow object."
10. Moon Echoes: On November 20, 1969, the Apollo 12 crew jettisoned the lunar
module ascent stage causing it to crash onto the moon. The LM's impact (about
40 miles from the Apollo 12 landing site) created an artificial moonquake
with startling characteristics' the moon reverberated like a bell for more
than an hour. This phenomenon was repeated with Apollo 13 (intentionally
commanding the third stage to impact the moon), with even more startling
results. Seismic instruments recorded that the reverberations lasted for
three hours and twenty minutes and travelled to a depth of twenty-five miles,
leading to the conclusion that the moon has an unusually light' or even
11. Unusual Metals: The moon's crust is much harder than presumed. Remember the extreme
difficulty the astronauts encountered when they tried to drill into the
maria? Surprise! The maria is composed primarily illeminite, a mineral containing
large amounts of titanium, the same metal used to fabricate the hulls of
deep-diving submarines and the skin of the SR-71 "Blackbird".
Uranium 236 and Neptunium 237 (elements not found in nature on Earth) were
discovered in lunar rocks, as were rustproof iron particles.
12. Moon's Origin: Before the astronauts' moon rocks conclusively disproved the theory,
the moon was believed to have originated when a chunk of Earth broke off
eons ago (who knows from where?). Another theory was that the moon was created
from leftover "space dust" remaining after the Earth was created.
Analysis of the composition of moon rocks disproved this theory also. Another
popular theory is that the moon was somehow "captured" by the
Earth's gravitational attraction. But no evidence exists to support this
theory. Isaac Asimov, stated, "It's too big to have been captured by
the Earth. The chances of such a capture having been effected and the moon
then having taken up nearly circular orbit around our Earth are too small
to make such an eventuality credible."
13. Weird Orbit: Our moon is the only moon in the solar system that has a stationary,
near-perfect circular orbit. Stranger still, the moon's centre of mass is
about 6000 feet closer to the Earth than its geometric centre (which should
cause wobbling), but the moon's bulge is on the far side of the moon, away
from the Earth. "Something" had to put the moon in orbit with
its precise altitude, course, and speed.
14. Moon Diameter: How does one explain the "coincidence" that the moon
is just the right distance, coupled with just the right diameter, to completely
cover the sun during an eclipse? Again, Isaac Asimov responds, "There
is no astronomical reason why the moon and the sun should fit so well. It
is the sheerest of coincidences, and only the Earth among all the planets
is blessed in this fashion."
15. Spaceship Moon: As outrageous as the Moon-Is-a-Spaceship Theory is, all of the
above items are resolved if one assumes that the moon is a gigantic extraterrestrial
craft, brought here eons ago by intelligent beings. This is the only theory
that is supported by all of the above data, and there is no data that contradicts this theory.
Greek authors Aristotle and Plutarch, and Roman authors Apolllonius Rhodius and Ovid all wrote of a group of people called the Proselenes who lived in the central mountainous area of Greece called Arcadia.
The Proselenes claimed title to this area because their forebears
were there "before there was a moon in the heavens." This claim
is substantiated by symbols on the wall of the Courtyard of Kalasasaya,
near the city of Tiahuanaco, Bolivia, which record that the moon came into
orbit around the Earth between 11,500 and 13,000 years ago, long before
* Lunar Bridge: On July 29, 1953, John J. O'Neill observed a 12-mile-long
bridge straddling the crater Mare Crisium. In August, 1953, British astronomer
Dr. H.P. Wilkens verified its presence, "It looks artificial. It's
almost incredible that such a thing could have been formed in the first
instance, or if it was formed, could have lasted during the ages in which
the moon has been in existence".
* The Shard: The Shard, an obelisk-shaped object that towers 112 miles from
the Ukert area of the moon's surface, was discovered by Orbiter 3 in 1968.
Dr. Bruce Cornet, who studied the amazing photographs, stated, "No
known natural process can explain such a structure."
The Tower: One of the most curious features ever photographed on the Lunar
surface (Lunar Orbiter photograph III-84M) is an amazing spire that rises
more than 5 miles from the Sinus Medii region of the lunar surface.
* The Obelisks: Lunar Orbiter II took several photographs in November
1966 that showed several obelisks, one of which was more than 150 feet tall.
". . the spires were arranged in precisely the same was as the apices
of the three great pyramids."
Six Mysterious Statuesque Shadows Photographed on the Moon by Orbiter, The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 1966.
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