the Man in the Moon

Of all the times that you’ve looked up at the moon, have you ever noticed the man in the moon?

What is the Man in the Moon?

The Man in the Moon is a supposed image that you can see of a “man” figure on the face of a brightly lit full moon.  Some people claim to see only a face in the moon, while others claim to see a full human figure.

Do you see a face or a figure?

The man in the moon is not a new phenomenon, and there are many different ideas on how the “man in the moon” story came about. There are legends that talk about the “face” in the moon and how it originated.  Those legends say that the face/man is actually the image of Cain, one of the sons of Adam and Eve.  The legend says that Cain was sentenced for his betrayal to stare down at planet Earth, circling and watching forever but never able to touch it.  The face that you therefore see when you look at the moon is that of Cain.

If you don’t just see a face in the moon, but see an actual figure, you are not alone.  In fact, many people have claimed to see a hunched over man with a bunch of sticks.  The legend say that this man got put on the moon because Moses caught him gathering sticks on the day of the “Sabbath” (or day of worship).  As punishment for this illicit act, the man was sentenced to the moon, and is who we see when we look up at it when it is shiny and full.

Look for the face!

If you haven’t seen the man in the moon before, perhaps the easiest thing to see is the “face” in the moon.  Because we only ever see one side of the moon from Earth, the face is always visible when the moon is full and the sky is clear.  The face is made of eyes, nose, and mouth that are formed by the dark spots on the moon.  Seeing the face is somewhat similar to seeing faces in clouds….if you look long enough, eventually it will just form itself out of the dark spots.  😉

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