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Moon has always mystified

Have you ever stepped outside at night, looked up at the moon and noticed a ring or halo around the moon? I remember noticing that one night, running back in my parents’ house to tell them about it. At which point my Dad asked me how many stars were inside the ring.
When I asked him why, he told me that the number of stars inside the ring were supposed to represent the number of days until bad weather. At first I thought this must just be some old wives’ tale and didn’t give it much credit. I had counted the stars inside the ring around the moon that night though, and right at the same number of days later we ended up having a pretty bad snowstorm.
Hmmmm…. Maybe there was some truth to this or maybe it was just a coincidence. But being the curious person I am, I needed to know why. So I went off to Google this and see what I could find. (I Google everything – no really – just about everything.) Not only was this prediction method true, I learned other interesting facts that day. Here are some of them.
The old saying: ‘ring around the moon means rain soon’ has truth in it. The reason is high cirrus clouds often come before a storm. And these clouds drift 20,000 feet or more above our heads. They contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halo or ring we see are caused by both refraction (splitting of light) and also by reflection (glints of light) from these ice crystals.
The crystals have to be positioned and turned just right in respect to your eye in order for the ring to appear. Because the crystals are positioned in relation to your eye, that makes a ring around the moon personal – like rainbows. Everyone sees their own particular halo, made by their own particular ice crystals, which are different from the ice crystals making the halo that the person standing next to you is seeing. So the next time you see a ring around the moon count the stars inside and see if there is bad weather in that number of days. (Source: www.earthsky.org)
Did you know that the Full Moon has a name each month? In February it is named the Full Snow Moon. Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult. Observe the Full Snow Moon on February 25th.
The moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth is the main cause of the rise and fall of ocean tides. The moon’s gravitational pull causes two bulges of water on the Earth’s oceans—one where ocean waters face the moon and the pull is strongest and one where ocean waters face away from the moon and the pull is weakest.
Both bulges cause high tides. These are high tides. As the Earth rotates, the bulges move around it, one always facing the moon, the other directly opposite. The combined forces of gravity, the Earth’s rotation, and other factors usually cause two high tides and two low tides each day.
Moon Trees? – Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of Jan. 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module.
Packed in small containers in Roosa’s personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the “Moon Trees”, the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976) and the world. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo program.