Next to the sun, the moon is the largest and brightest object in the sky. When lit up by the sun, the moon lights up the night. The moon has fascinated mankind since the day God made Adam in His own image.
The moon orbits the earth at a speed of 2,286 miles per hour at a distance that varies from 221,457 miles to 252,712 miles. It takes the moon 29.5 days to orbit the earth. The moon is ¼ the diameter of the earth and has 1/6 the gravity of earth. A 100 pound object on earth would only weigh 16.7 pounds on the moon. Because of its weak gravity, the moon has very little atmosphere.
If you have ever had the chance to look at the moon through a telescope or to see the photos of the moon’s surface taken by the Apollo astronauts, it looks like a dry barren desert.
I remember June 20, 1969. I was laying on the floor in front of our black and white television with a 7 inch reel to reel tape recorder and 2 microphones, recording Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. It was one of the greatest scientific achievements in all of history. Besides the importance of the event, I also remember seeing the images of the moon’s surface. It was completely barren with no sign of life or water anywhere.
Now, many scientists believe that there may be ice on the moon. They are looking at areas near the poles and that are in constant shadow. Due to the rotation of the moon and its orbit around the earth, one half of the moon is always in the dark and is much colder than the other side that is warned by the sun.
The area that scientists are looking to for ice is a huge crater near the south pole of the moon that is always dark and cold. Shackleton Crater, named for the famous explorer or earth’s South Pole, Ernest Shackleton. The crater is 12 miles across and 2 miles deep. Since it is always dark and cold, scientists believe that there may be enough patches of ice to make up nearly 10% of the material in the walls of the crater.
Did you know that a creation scientist predicted that we would find water, ice or evidence of them all through the solar system and beyond?
Dr. D. Russell Humphreys, a physicist and creationist believes that Genesis 1 tells us more about Creation that most people realize. From his knowledge of Scripture and physics, Dr. Humphreys explained it to me saying:
Day 1 – God created water and the earth was in the center of the water.
Day 2 – God separated the water above the earth from the water that was the earth. He called the expanse between the two waters heaven.
Day 3 – God created dry land on the earth. He also created plants.
Day 4 – God created the sun, moon and stars and placed them in the same space He called Heaven that separated the waters above from the waters below (earth).
This is important to realize that all of the stars were placed in the heaven. Dr. Humphreys believes that since God started creating with water that we should expect to find water, ice or evidence of water and ice nearly everywhere we look in our solar system and the universe.
Starting with the Bible, we would expect to find ice or evidence of ice in the cold dark areas of the moon, on Mars and beyond. So if they do find ice in Shackleton Crater, remember that this was first predicted by a Bible believing young earth scientist.
Walls of Lunar Crater May Hold Patchy Ice, Science Daily, Aug. 29, 2012.
Genesis teaches that God created the entire universe supernaturally, only thousands of years ago. Yet, most people are convinced that the universe started in a big bang billions of years in the past. In this illustrated lecture, astronomer Dr. Jason Lisle shows viewers that when the evidence of nature is understood properly, it lines up perfectly with the clear teachings of Scripture. The heavens declare the glory of God!
Run Time: 36 minutes