“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. Even those of the intelligent who believe that they have a nostrum are too individualistic to combine with other intelligent men from whom they differ on minor points. This was not always the case.”—Bertrand Russell, “The Triumph of Stupidity” (1933)
The more you study the moon, the more you will become aware that it is an orb of mystery – a great luminous cyclops that swings around the earth as though it were keeping a celestial eye on human affairs.
- Frank Edwards, science writer
The moon is the Rosetta Stone of the planets.
- Robert Jastrow, first chairman, NASA Lunar Exploration Committee
No, the moon ain’t romantic, it’s intimidating as hell.
- Tom Waits
I planned on loving the moon all of my life, and then I found out it was hollowed out and brought here by aliens.
I no longer love the moon, but I am certainly many times more fascinated by it than when I thought it was simply a dead rock whipping through space alongside cousin Earth.
Isaac Asimov wrote over 500 books in the science fiction and science genres. He wrote science books that explained, to regular people like you and me, chemistry, astronomy, physics, pulsars, quasars, Jupiter, Venus, the sun, the earth, the moon, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
Asimov wrote in 1963:
“What in blazes is our moon doing way out there? It’s too far out to be a true satellite of Earth … It’s too big to have been captured by the earth. The chances of such a capture having been effected and the moon then having taken up a nearly circular orbit about the earth are too small to make such an eventuality credible… . But, then, if the moon is neither a true satellite of the earth nor a captured one, what is it?” – Isaac Asimov, Asimov on Astronomy,” Doubleday, 1974; Mercury Press 1963; also quoted in Don Wilson’s book, Our Mysterious Spaceship Moon (1975).
The Astonishing (Undisputed) Data
1) Moon rocks brought back to earth have been dated at approximately 5.3 billion years old, and the dust they were resting on has been dated at approximately 6.3 billion years old.
This means that the moon cannot have come from (broken off from) the earth, which is only 4.54 billion years old.
2) On November 20, 1969, the Apollo 12 crew jettisoned their lunar module ascent stage causing it to crash onto the moon. The impact (about 40 miles from the Apollo 12 landing site) created an artificial moonquake with startling characteristics: the moon reverberated like a bell for more than an hour. This phenomenon was repeated with Apollo 13, which allowed its third stage to impact the moon, with even more startling results. Seismic instruments recorded that the reverberations lasted for three hours and twenty minutes and traveled to a depth of twenty-five miles.
This means that the moon has an unusually light, or possibly no, core.
3) The moon’s mean density is 3.34 gm/cm3 (3.34 times the density of an equal volume of water) whereas the Earth’s mean density is 5.5 gm/cm3.
What does this mean? In 1962, NASA scientist Dr. Gordon MacDonald stated, “If the astronomical data are reduced, it is found that the data require that the interior of the moon is more like a hollow than a homogeneous sphere.”
the moon’s nearly perfectly circular orbit around the earth
A nearly circular orbit indicates that the moon was probably not captured naturally by the earth, because the orbit of a captured satellite is always substantially elliptical, for a reason that makes itself apparent with thought.
5) Earth’s moon is the only moon in the solar system that has a stationary (non-spinning) orbit. The same side of the moon always faces the earth.
6) Earth’s moon’s center of mass is about 6,000 feet closer to the earth than its geometric center, which should cause wobbling.
We may ask: What force or intelligence placed the moon in orbit with its unique nearly circular orbit, lack of spin, and lack of wobble?
"As outrageous as the Moon-Is-a-Spaceship[-Brought-Here-By-Aliens] Theory is, [it] is the only theory that is supported by all of the data, and there are no data that contradict this theory." - “Strange Moon Facts,” Ronald Regehr
An important book on the subject of the moon’s arrival in orbit around Earth is Cosmological Ice Ages, by Henry Kroll. Here is Henry’s video summarizing his book’s findings.
you must not see the moon she is too beautiful she will mean too much to you she will blind you to the sun tonight of all nights tonight when you are born and the future stands before you in a white gown look not to the moon you must not love her for gold will be your tears your heart an empty coffer like a king with an empty eye you will scan the sky for the waning moon on a night you never dreamed would be the first night that you saw the moon
The Zulu people believe the moon to be hollow. According to Zulu legend, the moon was brought here hundreds of generations ago by two brothers, Wowane and Mpanku. They are known as the water brothers because they had scaly skin like a fish. (This story is similar to the Mesopotamia and Sumerian accounts about the two brothers Enlil and Enki.) Zulu legend tells of Wowane and Mpanku stealing the moon in the form of an egg from the “Great Fire Dragon” and emptying out the yolk until it was hollow. They then “rolled” the moon across the sky to the earth and caused cataclysmic events on this planet (the end of the Golden Age).
Zulu legend says that the earth was very different before the moon arrived. There were no seasons and the planet was permanently surrounded by a canopy of water vapor. People did not feel the fierce glare of the sun that we do now and they could only view it through a watery mist. The earth was a beautiful place, a gentle place, lush and green with a gentle drizzle and mist, and the sun’s fury was not there. (This corroborates the geological and paleontological evidence that the Sahara desert was once green.) The water canopy fell to the earth as a deluge of rain when the moon was put into place in the earth’s orbit, correlating with the Biblical rain of 40 days and 40 nights.
At the time Tiahuanaco (in present-day Bolivia) flourished, approximately 12,000 years (or more) into the past, our moon was not yet in orbit around earth.
Symbols on a wall in the Courtyard of Kalasasaya, near the city of Tiahuanaco, assert that the moon came into orbit around the earth between 11,500 and 13,000 years ago.
The Tiahuanaco Calendar Gate (also known as the Tiahuanaco Sun Gate), was decoded in the 1940s and early 1950s by P. Allan and H.S. Bellamy. Their book, “The Calendar of Tiajuanaco,” was published by Faber and Faber in 1956.
The Calendar Gate tells the story of our previous (smaller) moon.
Calendar Gate, Tiahuanaco, Bolivia
"At the time Tiahuanaco flourished the present moon was not yet the companion of our earth but was still an independent exterior planet. There was another satellite moving around our earth then, rather close – 5.9 terrestrial radii, center to center; our present moon being at 60 radii. Because of its closeness it [the previous moon] moved around the earth more quickly than our planet rotated. Therefore it rose in the west and set in the east (like Mars’ satellite Phobos), and so caused a great number of solar eclipses, 37 in one "twelfth," or 447 in one "solar year." … These groupings (37, 447) are shown in the sculpture, with many corroborating cross-references. Different symbols show when these solar eclipses, which were of some duration, occurred: at sunrise, at noon, at sunset. "[The calendar] also gives the beginning of the year, the days of the equinoxes and solstices, the incidence of the two intercalary days, information on the obliquity of the ecliptic (then about 16.5 degrees; now 23.5) and on Tiahuanaco’s latitude (then about 10 degrees; now 16.27), and many other astronomical and geographical references from which interesting and important data may be calculated or inferred by us." - “Tiahuanaco”
It’s no surprise that sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, but it could also increase the risk of depression.
A 2007 study found that when healthy participants were deprived of sleep, they had greater brain activity after viewing upsetting images than their well-rested counterparts, which is similar to the reaction that depressed patients have, noted one of the study authors. ”If you don’t sleep, you don’t have time to replenish [brain cells], the brain stops functioning well, and one of the many factors that could lead to is depression,” says Matthew Edlund, MD, director of the Center for Circadian Medicine, in Sarasota, Fla., and author of The Power of Rest.
Smoking has long been linked with depression, though it’s a chicken-or-egg scenario: People who are depression-prone may be more likely to take up the habit. However, nicotine is known to affect neurotransmitter activity in the brain, resulting in higher levels of dopamine and serotonin (which is also the mechanism of action for antidepressant drugs).
This may explain the addictive nature of the drug, and the mood swings that come with withdrawal, as well as why depression is associated with smoking cessation. Avoiding cigarettes—and staying smoke free—could help balance your brain chemicals.
3. THYROID DISEASE.
When the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, it’s known as hypothyroidism, and depression is one of its symptoms. This hormone is multifunctional, but one of its main tasks is to act as a neurotransmitter and regulate serotonin levels. If you experience new depression symptoms—particularly along with cold sensitivity, constipation, and fatigue—a thyroid test couldn’t hurt. Hypothyroidism is treatable with medication.
4. TOO MUCH SOCIAL NETWORKING
Spending too much time in chat rooms and on social-networking sites? A number of studies now suggest that this can be associated with depression, particularly in teens and preteens. Internet addicts may struggle with real-life human interaction and a lack of companionship, and they may have an unrealistic view of the world. Some experts even call it “Facebook depression.” In a 2010 study, researchers found that about 1.2% of people ages 16 to 51 spent an inordinate amount of time online, and that they had a higher rate of moderate to severe depression. However, the researchers noted that it is not clear if Internet overuse leads to depression or if depressed people are more likely to use the Internet.
5. AN ENDING
When something important comes to an end, like a TV show, movie, or a big home renovation, it can trigger depression in some people. In 2009, some Avatar fans reported feeling depressed and even suicidal because the movie’s fictional world wasn’t real. There was a similar reaction to the final installments of the Harry Potter movies. ”People experience distress when they’re watching primarily for companionship,” said Emily Moyer-Gusé, PhD, assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University, in Columbus. With Avatar, Moyer-Gusé suspects people were “swept up in a narrative forgetting about real life and [their] own problems.”
6. PLACE YOU LIVE
You can endlessly debate whether city or country life is better. But research has found that people living in urban settings do have a 39% higher risk of mood disorders than those in rural regions. A 2011 study in the journal Nature offers an explanation for this trend: City dwellers have more activity in the part of the brain that regulates stress. And higher levels of stress could lead to psychotic disorders. Depression rates also vary by country and state. Some states have higher rates of depression and affluent nations having higher rates than low-income nations. Even altitude may play a role, with suicide risk going up with altitude.
7. TOO MANY CHOICES
The sheer number of options available—whether it’s face cream, breakfast cereal, or appliances—can be overwhelming. That’s not a problem for shoppers who pick the first thing that meets their needs, according to some psychologists. However, some people respond to choice overload by maximizing, or exhaustively reviewing their options in the search for the very best item. Research suggests that this coping style is linked to perfectionism and depression.
8. LACK OF FISH IN THE DIET
Low intake of omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and vegetable oils, may be associated with a greater risk of depression. A 2004 Finnish study found an association between eating less fish and depression in women, but not in men. These fatty acids regulate neurotransmitters like serotonin, which could explain the link. Fish oil supplements may work too; at least one study found they helped depression in people with bipolar disorder.
9. SIBLING RIVALRY
Although unhappy relationships with anyone can cause depression, a 2007 study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that men who didn’t get along with their siblings before age 20 were more likely to be depressed later in life than those who did. Although it’s not clear what’s so significant about sibling relationships (the same wasn’t true for relationships with parents), researchers suggest that they could help children develop the ability to relate with peers and socialize. Regardless of the reason, too much squabbling is associated with a greater risk of developing depression before age 50.
10. BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
Like any medication, the Pill can have side effects. Oral contraceptives contain a synthetic version of progesterone, which studies suggest can lead to depression in some women. The reason is still unknown, says Hilda Hutcherson, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University, in New York. “It doesn’t happen to everyone, but if women have a history of depression or are prone to depression, they have an increased chance of experiencing depression symptoms while taking birth control pills,” Dr. Hutcherson says. “Some women just can’t take the Pill; that’s when we start looking into alternative contraception, like a diaphragm, which doesn’t contain hormones.”
11. RX MEDICATION
Depression is a side effect of many medications. For example, Accutane and its generic version (isotretinoin) are prescribed to clear up severe acne, but depression and suicidal thoughts are a potential risk for some people. Depression is a possible side effect for anxiety and insomnia drugs, including Valium and Xanax; Lopressor, prescribed to treat high blood pressure; cholesterol-lowering drugs including Lipitor; and Premarin for menopausal symptoms. Read the potential side effects when you take a new medication, and always check with your doctor to see if you might be at risk.
12. SUMMERY WEATHER
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is most commonly associated with winter blues, and it afflicts about 5% of Americans.
But for less than 1% of those people, this form of depression strikes in the summer. Warm weather depression arises when the body experiences a “delay adjusting to new seasons,” says Alfred Lewy, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, in Portland. Instead of waking and enjoying dawn, the body has a hard time adjusting, he says, which could be due to imbalances in brain chemistry and the hormone melatonin.
Depression makes a person feel like they are drowning and they experince an overwhelming sense of dread and hopelessness.