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The Sun vs. the Moon

The humankind might not once have asked the question of WHO we really are. It’s quite obvious, even to say normal. Our curiosity is kindled by a genuine interest to reach the inner gist of Universe nature, to conceive the interrelation of the processes, phenomena taking place around us. The ghost of uncertainty and obscurity seems to haunt us unless we get down to bed-rock. With this reference, with the aim to have a notion of the medium we live in and the outer space, not to get lost in the infinite answer-searching roads and directions, it is essential and rational to resort to the authoritative sources.

Thus, such spring-well of our world perception formation is a scope of information received via constant research making stream. Therefore, taking into consideration the accumulated and currently obtained data, let’s take a walk into the planetarium and try to explore the Sun and the Moon, two contradictory and coherent entities.

For this reason, our attention will be focused on elucidation of some inherent and enquiry-driven aspects which can assist us in making the review outline. Hence, we are going to shed the light on the Sun and the Moon structure and another quaint, intricate phenomenon concerned with the subject matters on question – eclipse.

I.                   The Natural characteristics of the Sun and the Moon.

Striking, as it may be, what wonders can exist. At least the two of them are the Sun and the Moon both being celestial bodies with their specificities, features and peculiarities. Both of the entities are the constituents of the solar system.

A. Criteria for comparison of the bodies of the Solar System

To have a clear idea of the differences and similarities, it is necessary to examine the following criteria:

position in the Solar System
size;
mass.


B. The Sun characteristics.

The Sun in the Solar system is a central star in the Solar System. Its diameter is about 1,392,000 km. The Sun is distanced from the Earth at about 149.6 million kilometers, what can change depending on the Earth movement. The hydrogen gas the Sun consists of enables the process if light emission. By means of photos we can see this light dispersion in the form of waves. Moreover, such pictures give us opportunity to view some other fascinating points such as color and surface. The inner core nuclear processes taking place in the Sun produce temperature of more than 10 million degrees (Kelvin). As a result, the Sun comprises a container of constantly boiling scope of gases. It’s probably hard to imagine how immensely much it is, speaking about the Sun’s mass being about 2 × 1030 kilograms. Regarding the way the Sun looks, it is changeable and depends on gas reaction.

C. The Moon characteristics.

 Unlike the Sun, the Moon is the Earth’s natural satellite. What is more, it takes an honorable place in the Solar System being the largest of natural satellites and the second densest. The structure of the Moon can be seen as plains dark in color, which are believed to have once been constituted by lava that with time span became solid. When judging the Moon’s size, we may state, that it’s ¼ the diameter of the Earth. With reference to its mass, it also can’t but strike the human’s imagination - 7.3477 × 1022 kg. The whole Moon’s surface is covered with numerous craters resulted from asteroid activity in the past.

D. Color perception

 In contrast to the Sun’s color which is actually white though seems to the human eye as yellow, the Moon in its turn is just the giant reflector of the Sun’s light. Still, we also perceive the Moon as a light radiating entity. It’s a curious interaction, isn’t it? In this case we deal with an interesting trick of the eye sight.  

II.                Eclipse.

Giving the fact the Sun and Moon are the Solar System bodies, they are astonishingly interconnected. Now and again the world population can watch an exquisite scenery that blows up everyone’s skirt. Such Universe phenomenon comes to be eclipse.  When the Moon, Earth and Sun happen to be in one row like a chain we can see lunar and solar eclipse. In case when the Earth in this row appears in the middle between the Sun and Moon, we have the opportunity to observe the lunar eclipse. Contrary to this, is the scenario of solar eclipse. When the Moon and the Earth exchange their positions, the line is the following Sun, Moon and Earth.

To make the long story short, we, humans, can’t examine, observe and study such unique celestial bodies as the Sun and Moon irrespective of the Earth, which we inhabit. Ahead of us we have a myriad of secrets that the infinite and boundless Universe conceals under the curtain of mystery.

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