The Lesser Light: Our Moon, Christian Astronauts & Penguins

Episode 14: We explore our closest heavenly neighbor, find out how it helps us live on earth, and hear about the outspoken faith of many astronauts. Lastly, Joseph shares a report on one of his favorite animals, the penguin.

NASA

Spacecraft image of the new moon in front of earth

I had already planned to cover earth’s moon in our podcast before I heard that today, July 20, is the anniversary of the first moon walk. God is good!

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Our Moon

We got our basic facts about the moon from:

I dug up last year’s Answers Magazine article by Dr. Danny Falkner on how the moon helps us stay alive. He mentioned stabilizing earth’s axis and giving us tides.

Tides

Boston University has a great PDF full of illustrations showing how the moon (and sun) influence the water on earth. I especially liked where they show the Neap tides when the sun and moon are cancelling out a lot of the effect from each other.

The National Ocean Service has a great short video on the causes of the ocean currents. The tides are listed first.

Ocean Motion had the best information on how the tides get deep waves going influencing erosion on the continental shelves and moving water far below the surface.

Men on the Moon

Can you see the tracks?

Click to see the tracks up close

I was excited to run across some above the surface photos showing the tracks astronauts have left behind on the moon.

For the podcast I pulled up one of my favorite articles: Creationist Astronauts. You’ll want to catch the video and check out the links. Hearing about these brave men is super encouraging, both as Christians and as scientists!

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Penguins

Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins

Joseph got most of his information from some library books he picked up. He especially enjoyed reading the one from the Penguins (Smithsonian)
by Seymour Simon.

Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. Psalm 89:35-37