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Tim Peake's Astro-thread

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Galacto-Commander Tim Peake here!

Tonight is an exciting for spacewatchers! There is going to be an eclipse of the Moon.

Scientists call this a 'lunar eclipse' or 'eclipse of the Moon'.

If you go out tonight, you will be able to see what happens when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon, and clouds pass between Earth and the Moon!

Scientists call this 'cloudy weather'.

Tonight will be the longest obscuring of a Lunar Eclipse by clouds this century!

Keep those space-eyes peeled!

Did I mention that I'm an Astronaut?



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13 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:

Good old BBC are showing us some pictures whilst reporting it.

First one is from the Moon above a mosque. Second one is above Gaza. I do wonder just how many real British work at BBC News these days.


Bloody minarets are in the way.

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31 minutes ago, The Masked Tulip said:


We can see what the most important thing in that picture is can't we? It is relentless.

It's quite fitting really...


Lunar calendar[edit]

Further information: Islamic calendar

The moon plays a significant role in Islam because of the use of a lunar Islamic calendar to determine the date of Ramadan. The crescent moon, known as Hilal, defines the start and end of Islamic months as it did for the Babylonian calendar. The need to determine the precise time of the appearance of the hilal was one of the inducements for Muslim scholars to study astronomy.[10] The Quran clearly emphasises that the moon is a sign of God, not itself a god.[11]

Crescent moon imagery[edit]

Further information: Crescent and Star and crescent
The Flag of Turkey with a white star and crescent against a red background

The crescent moon symbol used as a form of blazon is not a feature of early Islam, as would be expected if it were linked to Pre-Islamic pagan roots. The use of the crescent symbol on Muslim flags originates during the later Middle Ages.[12] 14th-century Muslim flags with an upward-pointing crescent in a monocolor field included the flags of Gabes, Tlemcen (Tilimsi), Damas and Lucania, Cairo, Mahdia, Tunis and Buda.[13]

Franz Babinger alludes to the possibility that the crescent was adopted from the Eastern Romans, noting that the crescent alone has a much older tradition also with Turkic tribes in the interior of Asia.[14] Parsonsconsiders this unlikely, as the star and crescent was not a widespread motif in the Eastern Roman Empire at the time of the Ottoman conquest.[15]

Turkish historians tend to stress the antiquity of the crescent (not star-and-crescent) symbol among the early Turkic states in Asia.[16] In Turkish tradition, there is an Ottoman legend of a dream of the eponymous founder of the Ottoman house, Osman I, in which he is reported to have seen a moon rising from the breast of a Muslim judge whose daughter he sought to marry. "When full, it descended into his own breast. Then from his loins there sprang a tree, which as it grew came to cover the whole world with the shadow of its green and beautiful branches." Beneath it Osman saw the world spread out before him, surmounted by the crescent.[17]

Islamic flags containing the calligraphy of the Quran were commonly used by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, it was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who is known to have inlaid the Crescent and Star symbol upon his personal shield, his son Aurangzeb is also known to have used similar shields and flags containing an upward Crescent and Star symbol. Various Nawabs, such as the Nawab of the Carnatic, also used the Crescent and Star symbols.[12]

Not that the So-Called BBC would know anything about that! xD

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