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Christopher Knight and Alan Butler, Authors of the Month for January 2010

Was our solar system designed to produce humans? (cont.)
By Christopher Knight and Alan Butler

The Sun and the Moon

Have you ever wondered how marvellous total eclipses are?

It is a very strange quirk of fate indeed that the disc of the Moon should seem, from an Earthly perspective, to be exactly the same size as the Sun. Whilst we casually take it for granted that the two main bodies seen in Earth's skies look the same size, it is actually something of a miracle. Most people are fully aware that the Moon is tiny compared to the Sun but that it is much, much closer to us causing them to appear as equal discs. To be precise the Moon is 400 times smaller than the star at the centre of our solar system, yet it is also just one 400th of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

The odds against this optical allusion happening at all are simply huge - but how bizarre that both values are the same, perfectly round umber. Experts are deeply puzzled by the phenomenon. Isaac Asimov, the respected scientist and science-fiction guru, described this perfect visual alignment as being:

"The most unlikely coincidence imaginable".

This perfect fit of the lunar and solar discs is a very human perspective because it only works from the viewpoint of someone standing on the Earth's surface. And it only works at this point in time because it was very different in the past and it will change again as the Moon moves away from the Earth.

The magic of the Moon's movements above our heads goes to even more astonishing levels. By some absolutely incomprehensible quirk of nature, the Moon also manages to very precisely imitate the movements of the Sun. It imitates the perceived annual movements of the Sun each month.

The full Moon is at its highest and brightest at midwinter, mirroring the Sun at midsummer and at lowest and weakest at midsummer when the Sun is at its highest and brightest.

The strangeness of the Moon continues when one considers its structure. It is either hollow or made up of extremely low density material at its centre. It has its great centres of mass distributed in various place at relatively low points just below its surface. This is odd in the extreme.

Its origin is also mysterious. The material that forms the Moon came from the surface of the Earth, but there is no satisfactory explanation for how this happened. The so-called double-whack theory seems unlikely in the extreme.

Applying the Megalithic 366 system of geometry and Thoms to the Moon and the Sun produces an astonishing result:

- Polar circumference of the Moon = 13,162,900 Thoms

- One Megalithic degree (1/366th) = 35,964 Thoms

- One Megalithic minute (1/60th) = 600 Thoms

- One Megalithic second (1/6th) = 100 Thoms

The Sun produces:

- Polar circumference of the Sun = 5,271,967,000 Thoms

- One Megalithic degree (1/366th) = 14,404,281 Thoms

- One Megalithic minute (1/60th) = 240,071 Thoms

- One Megalithic second (1/6th) = 40,011 Thoms

Given it is impossible to establish an exact circumference for the Sun's surface, this result can be considered to be 40,000 - as one would expect given that the Sun is 400 times the diameter of the Moon.

How peculiar that the Sun and the Moon comply to the same system that defines the Earth so well?

It is almost as though we are looking at the blueprint of the solar system.

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