The Wonder of Color for Daytime Earth & Lunar Observing

I never cease to be amazed at scenes that are so common but often missed because we don’t expect such color and contrast in daytime lunar observing. Many of the teachers and children we instruct with our course (Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View) learn the wonders that can be found under these conditions. This link takes you to a forword for the course if you care to read it: http://christworksministries.org/aobv

Every country and place has unique weather and natural surroundings that provide a backdrop or frame for observing the daytime moon. The moon is special by itself, but adding the context of a daytime scene makes it that much more interesting. And, there is even stronger Biblical reason to observe earth than the heavens, based on the number of scriptures where earth features and atmospheric phenomena are addressed. Addendum 1 of the course provides helpful hints for the phases of the moon cycle where it is especially easy to catch the moon in the afternoon (waxing moon in the first quarter) or the morning (waning moon during the third quarter). Sights can range from medium magnification from a telescope to low magnification using a binocular to eyes alone. The sketch below is one example. In this case used both a telescope and my eyes alone to catch the scene around my Virginia home.  I can only echo, again, the scripture comments that I made at the time of the 2008 observation.  Just as we teach folks how to make an observing sheet, you will notice that the sketch has the information we would expect in addition to the recorded sketch as well. Some call it art, but it truly is disciplined observing: the practice of doing one’s best to replicate the scene that is observed as well as how and when the observation is made. If God went to such ‘trouble’ to make the universe, why not observe it carefully. After all, it speaks of Him!

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About Roland

We avidly enjoy teaching about and observing God's creation. We are active in Christian mission work that often takes us to the Philippines and Asia. the observation of God's creation in terms. Part of the outreach and work is to maintain a site: www.cwm4him.org [or use christworksministries.org]. This site includes inspirational blogs, free downloadable courses, and a history of the charity organization. We aim to share the love of Jesus Christ, who has graciously extended his love to us. Our faith is a walking faith, so faith and works, as much as we are able, are married together.
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