Mark Twain – Half Dome – Moonstruck

TUESDAY, 6-21-22 marks the summer solstice when the sun reaches its northernmost annual migration. This conjured up a beautiful Biodesign synchronicity that occurred on top of Yosemite’s Half Dome. Mother Nature saved one of her greatest gifts for the last Class to visit Yosemite. With billions of stars, too numerous to count, the students were presented with a rare opportunity to experience a “Mark Twain Moment.” In his classic, Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim were debating where the stars came from:

“Jim he allowed the stars was made, but I allowed they happened. Jim said the moon could’a laid them; well, that looked kind of reasonable, so I didn’t say nothin’ against it, because I’ve seen a frog lay almost as many, so of course it could be done.”

In an almost “Twainian synchronicity,” modern astronomers believe that the Moon was formed within the forming Earth and expelled, much like a chicken laying an egg. However, with an explosion of such magnitude, even secular scientists agree that its resulting position exhibits a degree of perfection that cannot be explained. Isaac Newton understood this when he wrote: “Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”

NASA Lunar Eclipse

Whether the Moon phases influence planting cycles or initiate childbirth remains debatable, what is not debatable, however, is that the Moon creates tidal cycles on the Earth. Tides may range from nearly zero to the greatest tides of 54 ft. in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. Lacking the Moon would have a drastic effect on the cornucopia of plants and animals that make up the Earth’s intertidal communities. Contrary to widespread misinformation, fish did not flip/flop up a sandy beach to become human beings. Most anthropologists agree that human beings probably began in the calm backwaters of tidal mudflats, perhaps through an animal like periophythalmus (mudskipper). Ergo; without the Moon humans would most likely never have evolved.

It can be terrifying to stand on the brink of the Mendocino headlands during a nighttime storm. At the same time, it can be exhilarating to know that hordes of intertidal plants and animals are thriving on the cold, dark, brine-washed rocks below. The intense pounding of the waves and periods of total immersion and converse desiccation would seem to make living impossible. The opposite seems to be the case with population densities that are extraordinary. It is no wonder that Naturalists from all over the world are attracted to study the Pacific North Coast tide pools and most resonate with author/Naturalist /humanitarian John Steinbeck who wrote: “It is advisable to look from the tide pools to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” The Log of the Sea of Cortez

So, just what is it that makes lunar eclipses so intriguing? After all, in terms of gravitation, nothing unusual occurs: no changes in tidal rhythm or abnormal weather patterns. 

On the other hand, there’s a lot of space “out there” and when we consider the synchronicity of variables necessary for the Earth, Sun and Moon to align perfectly, it boggles the mind

1.  Our Moon revolves around the Earth every 29.5 days and due to a mysterious “synchronous rotation” it keeps the same face turned toward the Earth.

2. The Earth’s rotational velocity at the equator is about 1,000 mph; San Francisco is moving approximately 700 mph and the velocity at the poles is zero. 

3. The Earth is revolving around the sun at about 67,000 mph. 

4. Our Solar System is traveling through the Milky Way Galaxy at 45,000 mph. 

5. The Milky Way Galaxy is moving approx. 1,000,000 mph through “NOTHING!” Well, except for some widely scattered hydrogen ions.

6. We are headed for the constellation Hercules, but not to worry. It is over 1 million light years away and the distance that light travels is about 6 trillion miles per year. Therefore, we will have to travel 131,000,000,000,000,000 miles to get there.

Eclipse-Hubble SST

Lowell H. Young
Author: Biodesign Out For A Walk