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Falk Knowledge About The Moon

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The Moon

 

     The Earth has only one satellite, the Moon. This is at a mean distance of 238,840 miles from the Earth. The Moon completes her rotation around the Earth in 27 - 1/3 days, but as the Earth is constantly moving in its orbit around the Sun, it takes the Moon two days longer to regain the position it started from, making 29 days in all.

     The Moon has more than 1000 mountains, some of which exceed 25,000 feet in height, and the ranges extend for hundreds of miles. It also has gray plains or seas similar to our prairies. These were formerly thought to be sheets of water, but telescopic observation has shown them to be solid -- probably ash, or lava; or at best very dirty ice.

     Galileo first discovered the mountains and craters upon the Moon; the craters are now known to be of every size, many overlapping each other. The craters are probably of volcanic origin (although very recently some observers have proposed that the craters are the result of collisions).

     The Moon has a diameter of 2,163 miles; the surface area is just over 7 per-cent of the Earth's (and just a bit less than that of Asia). Only 59 per cent of the Moon's surface has been observed from the Earth.

     The surface attraction of gravity is roughly 1/6 that of gravity on the Earth. There have been some faint nimbuses observed around some lunar peaks, but it is generally thought that the Moon's atmosphere must be exceedingly thin. Under the long lunar day, the temperature may rise to just above that of frozen water; but at night, the temperature must drop to far, far below zero.
     The mystic knowledge developed by the sorcerer Jean LeRoeun, and stolen by the Illuminated Brotherhood, could physically transport a person between the Earth and the Moon. The thaumic requirements of such a spell would preclude casual use. Aristotlean descriptions of the universe place the division between the world of mutable elements and that of immutable stars and ether as being just beyond the Moon.
     A fair number of persons claim to have travelled to the Moon:  the most famous was Cyrano de Bergerac. It seems likely that some inventors have reached the Moon, in various experimental craft -- but none have returned with solid evidence, and many have not returned at all. The government of France is known to be working on a vast cannon, similar to their famous Verne Guns, to fire some manner of shell at the Moon. 

 

     (more period info to come)

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