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Our Moon's History & Features.

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Annette Cheney                               Rm.14 A                November 10, 2000

       Writing: Research Paper                                                      

Our Moon's History & Features

Our moon is the closet heavenly body to our Earth. There are many different theories on how it formed and started.

Many years ago, Sir George Darwin thought that when the earth was being born and was still hot and fluid, it spun so fast that it eventually threw off a piece of itself which cooled into the moon. Another related to that one is that the Pacific Ocean is the place where the piece of rock flew off to form the moon and that’s why it's so big and hollow. Another similar to those is that the earth spun so fast, it threw

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        The moon has many features that make it interesting and beautiful to us. What were the markings said to be in the ancient times?

The Romans and Grecian people thought they were goddesses. The Romans named    

theirs Diana. The Grecian named theirs Selene. American Indian tribes believed the moon and sun were brother and sister gods. One legend told about the shapes and shadows of the moon was that it was a "man" imprisoned there for stealing. Another told of moon demons that lived there.

Egyptians said it was the god Osiris. The Chinese said that the goddess Heng O lived there forever.  Some people thought it was made of cheese. The Vikings thought it was a little boy and girl that were kidnapped while fetching water.

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Works Cited Page

Gibbons, Gail. The Moon Book. New York, USA: Holiday House, 1997.

"The Heavens". World Book Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. Robin Kerrod. Chicago:

        World Book, Inc., 1985. Pg. 96-99

Keysite, Mel. " A Spot in Space, Our Moon." Newsweek Magazine Sept. 7, 1998.


Levy, David H., ed. Stars and Planets. Australia: Weldon Owen Pty Limited, 1996.

        Pg. 20-21

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