A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer

By Marilyn Singer

Contributor note: Illustrated by means of Julia Cairns
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A children's e-book takes readers on a whirlwind travel of the realm to find an grand selection of complete moon celebrations, ideals, customs, and proof. We'll stopover at India, Israel, Morocco, China, Australia, and plenty of extra areas.

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But she knows it’s up there, with that special dimple. She’s seen its picture— Garavito crater, named for her favorite astronomer, and from her country too. She thinks, One day they’ll name a crater after me. She hopes, Or better yet, a new lunar sea. Coral Spawning Caribbean Sea, near Curaçao Time to check the wet suits, flippers, goggles, tanks. Time for the countdown rung by this fat moon. In two days, or four, or perhaps a few more, the sea will explode with tiny pink packets: the coral will spawn.

Nine years later, the astronauts of the Apollo 8 mission were the first people to view the crater directly. Since then the far side of the moon has been photographed many times during manned space flights and by unmanned lunar probes. Craters are pits created by the impact of meteors or other large objects striking the moon’s surface. Lunar seas are actually large, dark plains of solidified lava from ancient volcanic eruptions. ” CoRAL sPAwNING Caribbean Sea, near Curaçao A single coral is a polyp—a small, tube-shaped animal that attaches itself to an underwater surface.

The world’s highest tides are in the Bay of Fundy, Canada. More than 110 billion tons (100 billion tonnes, or metric tons) of seawater rush in and out of the bay twice daily. During a full moon, the water may rise more than 50 feet (15 meters). The bay’s funnel-like shape and the rocking motion of that great amount of rushing water account for the height of the tides. tHe temPLe oF ARtemIs Ephesus, Turkey Many cultures have lunar gods and goddesses. One of the most famous is the Greek goddess Artemis, who was known as Diana to the Romans.

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