Keyfra once again kept her eye on the sky and captured a surreal moment in time. A waxing gibbous moon hangs like a bruised and battered ornament—flanked by two emerald pine trees. This wide angle perspective offers a hint of destruction: lunar maria (solidified lava plains) appear as black splotchy seas.
Ancient astronomers speculated that the dark areas on the Moon consisted of a fluid: water. They imagined restless seas on the lunar surface. And Lunarian pirates blasting cannonballs at each other. I’m just kidding about the Lunarian pirates…not about the lunar seas, that’s actually true.
Well. Kind of.
We all know the Moon can’t sustain large bodies of water, and that it’s not made out of cheese, and that Lunarian pirates don’t exist (damn!)…so what the hell made the enormous black splotchy spots? Well…Hell did. Kind of. The Moon really did have a sea…of lava. Yeah. That’s right. No one was around to witness the Moon’s Hell phase, but things were different billions of years ago. Go figure.
As you can see—despite the fact that the Moon really doesn’t have any seas—we still designate creative and watery titles to every lunar basalt plain.
Thanks Keyfra! Your photographs inspire our imagination to conjure fantasies about Lunarian pirates blasting cannonballs at each other.
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