The Charcoal-Black Fossil Planet! I thought this was amazing--Sort of reminds me of the original word for the land of Egypt in Africa and the original people of the land in Egypt, the land of Cham; ‘Kemet’ or ‘Black Lands’. It also reminds me that it is written that we are made from the dust of the earth. I thought this was an interesting piece of history and correlation. I wonder why I was never taught about this in school or on school field trips. I just recently watched a documentary and one astronaut looked at another after he had fallen and said that he was black all the way down from his knees. Imagine that--A huge planet, a large moving star-- that is totally black and moving in our atmosphere! Thank goodness it can be illuminated with glass-like crystals. ___________________________________________________________ Here are some quotes: Due to its size and composition, the Moon is sometimes classified as a terrestrial "planet" along with Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. http://nineplanets.org/luna.html The Moon … it is a fossil planet on which the earliest stages of geologic evolution are preserved. http://www.sciencemaster.com/jump/space/moon.php Ask someone to name the color of the moon, and the answer will usually be "white." But the Moon is actually closer to black than to white. The Moon reflects only seven percent of the light that hits it. This is comparable to the albedo of asphalt. That the moon was a dark body was known before any missions went there. Nevertheless, the astronauts were surprised that lunar soil and rocks were charcoal-colored. …Technicians on Earth who later examined the rocks were astonished by their dark color, and after uttering a profanity to emphasize their surprise, described the rocks as looking like "burnt potatoes." If you go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, you can touch a lunar rock. Yes, it is quite black. http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?p=4945915 The Moon is covered with rocks, boulders, craters, and a layer of charcoal-colored soil from 5 to 20 feet (1.5 to 6 meters) deep. The soil consists of rock fragments, pulverized rock, and tiny pieces of glass. Two types of rock are found on the Moon: basalt, which is hardened lava; and breccia, which is soil and rock fragments that have melted together. http://www.scienceclarified.com/Ma-Mu/Moon.html http://geology.com/rocks/pictures/basalt.jpg Basalt: a fine-grained igneous rock that is usually black in color. The specimen shown is about two inches (five centimeters) across. Basalt is also an abundant rock on the Moon. Much of the Moon's surface is underlain by basaltic lava flows and flood basalts. http://geology.com/rocks/basalt.shtml _____________________________________________________________________________ BrianT 02-May-2006, 09:39 PM I've read somewhere that the lunar soil is "charcoal black", yet in the photographs of the Apollo missions on the lunar suface, the soil looks about medium/light grey. Is it lighter simply due to the harsh sunlight, in the way that hair looks lighter in sunlight, or was it due to the way the film was eveloped afterwards? Jorge 02-May-2006, 10:29 PM intereszting so the moon is black hehe nice little fact to trow at friends and whack them around a bit http://www.bautforum.com/archive/index.php/t-41094.html http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d4/Moon-craters.jpg ____________________________________________________________________ Now phrases like ‘Black as sackcloth of hair’ and ‘Black Moon’ [New moon] takes on a whole new meaning for me!