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The Ant Hill : La Luna Bella

The Ant Hill 

by Anthony Jovinelli

La Luna Bella

So, the story goes something like this: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and what appeared to be an insurmountable chasm had been bridged. Through the use of the technology of the time, most of the mystery about the Earth’s one lone natural satellite had been resolved.

The remaining questions were geared toward the probability of life existing on the lunar surface. For further investigation Armstrong and his fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin brought back various rock samples for the scientist at NASA to dissect and study. The much restricted results, that life did not exist there, have been shrouded in doubt and under much scrutiny since their release. New information has come to light that explains life on that planet as well as why it affects behavior on ours. When those rocks were opened 43 years ago there was evidence of insect life that was equally affected by the moons phases as they actually regenerated once a month. There in lies the proof that Lunar-ticks all come out during a full moon…

Lunar, comes from the Latin word for the Moon: Luna. And you may be familiar with the Italian term for a beautiful Moon: La Luna bella. No matter what you call it, the Moon has been linked to everything from romance to natural disasters. It has been worshipped as a god and written about in endless tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The first Sci-fi moving picture was a French made, Georges Melies silent film “Le voyage dans la lune (A trip to the Moon)” Released in 1902 and based off of the Jules Verne novel: “From the Earth to the Moon” this classic film is considered by many to be one of the 100 greatest films of all times.

Without a Full Moon much in the way of literature, art, photography and movies would be surely missed. Ansel Adams would have been just another photographer had it not been for his many depictions of the full moon. Science fiction authors have led many an excursion to the moon, where monsters lay in waiting for unsuspecting astral travelers. Fantasy and Horror would be lost without Vampires and Werewolves. The very popular “Twilight” series would have no New Moon part one yet alone the soon to be released part two.

The Moons regular phases have made it a very convenient timepiece. It forms the basis of many of the oldest calendars known to man. As far back as the Fifth Century BCE, Babylonian Astronomers had already noted the 18-year Saros cycle of lunar eclipses. The Fourth Century BCE Chinese astronomer Shi Shen had devised and described the method for predicting the appearance of Lunar, as well as Solar, eclipses. And the 2nd Century BCE Seleucus of Seleucia correctly theorized that tidal ebb and flow were due to the Moon’s gravitational pull.

For as long as there have been telescopes, the Moon has been recognized as an excellent viewing site. It is relatively close to Earth. It is effortlessly visible to spot and follow in the clear night sky. The shadowed contrast created by the craters make for easy identification of various landmarks and the north and south poles are permanently dark and cold.

Aside from all its dramatic and whimsical mythology the Moon has long been associated with insanity and irrational behaviors. The words Lunacy and Lunatic are derived from the Latin name for the Moon. Early philosophers such as Aristotle, deduced that since de Brain is mostly made up of water, that the Moon’s phases must affect it in the same manner as it does the tides of the oceans. Even today, many believe that homicides, suicides, traffic accidents and admissions to Psychiatric hospitals all increase during the days of a Full Moon.

So, here’s hoping that the Man in the Moon forever smiles upon you with good fortune and good luck and remember,

as Ben Franklin said:

“The Noblest question in the world is: What good can I do in it?”

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