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How we describe the Moon!

It is called Nayyare Asghar in Arabic, Maah in Persian and Indu in Sankrit, Moon in English, and Chandarma in Urdu. This star is shining elegantly like a bright candle. It is called Badre kamil or the moon of the first day. It is the lord of the first heaven. In the state of full brightness, it is called the moon of the fourteenth night. Its diameter is 2160 miles while its height from the earth is 272519 miles. Its volume in width is the 4th part of the earth while it is 19 times shorter than the earth. It is very fast-moving. 

It covers one raashi in 2.25 days with an average speed of 2280 miles and revolves around the earth in 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, and 5 seconds. Due to its proximity to the earth, its light falls more on the earth. It does not have its own brightness and luminosity. Rather, it is always illumined by the sun. Only the sun-facing side of the moon is seen shining. It is always seen facing the sun due to which its rays rapidly fall on the moon. The sea surface is always affected by the moonlight. When it is at its peak i.e. on the 12th, 13th, and 14th nights it attracts seawater to it due to which sea water accumulated at a place that rises to the sky. 

It fills Vegetation and plants with sap. The shapes of the moon are seen in different modes because the side obstructed by the sun is always deprived of light while the remaining portion of the moon facing the sun is bright and luminous. The shadow of large tracts of land spread over thousands of miles and huge high mountains is much darker than the dark and black rainy night. The spot observed on the moon is also a mountain and its shadow.

 When the earth during its rotation comes between the moon and the sun latter’s light does not fall on the moon and it becomes dark. This condition is called an eclipse. When the moon is closer to the sun its light falls on the moon in greater amounts and the moon becomes invisible. When the moon is farther from the sun, we can see the moon’s western fringe and then which is called the crescent on the first night. On the seventh night, the moon is at a distance of 90 degrees from the sun. The moon’s sphere is half visible. Moon’s daily average speed has been calculated at 13 degrees and at maximum from 12 the 14 degrees. It covers one degree of the earth or the heaven in 4 gharis and 34 pals.

Dr. A. Shanker


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