Tucson is getting spacey this weekend when a moon rock drops down to visit.
This glorious chunk of moon is not expected to fall from the sky, although that would be kind of neat unless it hit your house, but will instead be on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
The rock is part of NASA’s Driven to Explore traveling exhibit and will be in town Saturday, Jan. 9 through Monday, Jan. 11, according to a news release from Tucson’s Paragon Space Development Corporation.
This particular piece of moon was brought to Earth by the Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972, the last time Americans were on the moon.
It’s estimated to be nearly 4 billion years old and one of seven moon rocks that people can touch. It’s gotta be full of fingerprints.
While the release neither discloses the rock’s size nor composition, we are betting it’s not made of green cheese.
We also want to clear up that the man on the moon is not a giant face on the front of the moon but is a small creature that lives in a lunar cave.
Just to make things clear, the new moon occurs when the moon is between the Earth and the sun, shrouding the moon in shadow for Earthling viewers. The moon then takes two weeks to blossom into a full moon, and then another two weeks to wane back to black.
The thing takes about 29 days to orbit, with the cycle repeating itself again and again like a slow hamster on a wheel.
The moon has long been a point of fascination, superstition and myths, some of which can be found at the site allsands.com.
We lucked out this year by not having a full moon on Christmas day, as that brings a slate of bad luck.
But we did have two full moons in December, on Dec. 2 and 31, which means January is supposed to have some really crappy weather.
The full moon has the power to make a gal pregnant if she happens to sleep under its light. Full moons are also bad for construction, as it’s unlucky to drive a nail through a board at such a time. Warts don’t like the full moon, either, and they will disappear if you blow on them nine times during one.
Grave digging should be scheduled carefully, as it’s unlucky to bury the dead during a full moon or a new moon. Better book your funerals now so the ideal days are not sold out.
The next new moon is Jan. 15, so mark your calendars as the new moon of the new year should be honored with a curtsy. We’re not sure if you should don petticoats, but the man on the moon would probably appreciate that detail.
Chickens, too, are swayed by the moon and lay the most eggs during the moon’s last quarter.
Bad luck comes to folks who point at the moon or look at it through a pane of glass. Cover those windows and keep your arms at your side.
It’s also not a good idea to sleep under the moon’s rays as they can make you insane.
At least we now have an explanation for a good portion of our population.
PIMA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM:
The museum is at 6000 E. Valencia Road and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info call 574-0462 or visit www.pimaair.org. The site says the museum is pet friendly, which means Sawyer and Phoebe may be sniffing some moon rock soon.
What other moon superstitions do you know?
Have any come true?
Have you ever touched a moon rock or other space object?
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever touched?