How come the rabbit on the moon ?

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China’s lunar Rover is not about “Jadehase”. In East Asia you do not see a “man in the moon”, but a hare. When looking at the moon, our brain wants to align incomplete structures on familiar forms.

The bright and the dark plains on the moon are also distinguished with the naked eye easily, and this stimulates the imagination of the people. But what exactly is seen and what this could mean, about people of different cultures puzzles since time immemorial.

In Western culture, many of the children already in early Childhood, from a “man in the moon”. The appropriate children’s rhyme is: “dot, dot, comma, dash, ready for the moon face”. This man in the moon wakes up caring about us: “La le lu, only the man in the moon watches if the little babies to sleep, drum, sleep You, too,” says the German lullaby by Heino Gaze.

In the French silent film “The trip to the moon” from 1902, the “man in the moon the astronauts expected to find, of course”

In Africa there is the Tradition to see the moon, a crocodile, or a man carrying firewood on his back.

Chinese, Japanese and Koreans in the moon spots a rabbit, either with or without mortar. This moon rabbit can be found not only in Chinese but also in Japanese and Korean mythology. Background of the rabbit-theme, a legend in East Asia, Africa and even in Latin-America. In East Asia the legend-spread by the Chuci, a collection of poems from the South of China, such as those caused 300 to 150 BC.

Once upon a time…

In the legend, a Fox, a monkey and a rabbit were friends. The days played and chased you, the nights they spent together in the forest. As the Lord of heaven learned of this unusual friendship, he visited the three as an old Wanderer, dressed by the camp fire and asked her for something to eat.

The monkey brought him nuts, and the Fox brought fish, rice cakes and drinks, which were as a sacrifice in a cemetery. Only the poor rabbit could not find anything. And so the hare jumped into the fire to sacrifice himself. The Lord of heaven was so touched that he made the body of the rabbit and him with to the moon, where he was the Companion of the moon goddess Chang’e. In the case of the self-immolation caused smoke and lay down on the shiny surface of the moon and mimics even today, his design.

Model of Chinese lunar Rover Yutu, the “Jadehase”

According to this legend, the current Chinese lunar probe, Chang’e 4, and the Rover, the you there, has sold, is called Yutu, so Jadehase. In Japan, the hare in the moon Tsuki no Usagi. According to Tradition, he’s pounding the ingredients for rice cake in a mortar.

The hare-moon crater East of the lunar front side, to the Southeast of the Mare Fecunditatis, however, has nothing to do with the cute buck: he is named after the German mathematician Johann Matthias Hase (1684-1742).

Mythical name also for scientific projects?

People have always tried to recognize in the arrangement of the star pattern, Shape, or objects and to use them in visual units. The result of this pattern recognition, the constellations, the means to discover the man in the sky.

Star images can be used in almost all cultures notice and until the early high cultures. Similar figures or animals, people play a prominent role. Today’s constellations go back to the twelve Babylonian and ancient Egyptian signs of the zodiac, which have been advanced in ancient Greece in 48. Since 1922, international 88 star images are used.

In the case of star images like figures, or animals, people play a prominent role.

To name the ambitious space projects to the symbolic myths or legendary figures, is also not uncommon: And the United States called their space project, which brought together for the first and so far the only Time people on the moon, not even about the “Apollo”program.

At a conference in Washington in July 1960, Abe Silverstein, Director of space development at NASA, this name suggested, the planned manned lunar circumnavigation (not landing!) with the journey of the Sun of the Greek-Roman God Apollo is equated with.

We see what we want to see

The phenomenon, (lunar)landscapes, cloud formations, or things perceived faces, to recognize familiar creatures or objects is called Pareidolia, which means so much as Wore-image or shadow image. Well-known space-examples for Pareidolien also the “face on Mars” in the Cydonia Region of Mars, in addition to the “hare in the moon” and “moon face”.

Here, a User provides the same time a reference to Star Wars heroes, Han Solo, was frozen in the imagination-chemical “Carbonite”. This Pareidolien caused by consciously or unconsciously caused Misinterpretations by the human brain. Because our brain wants to ambiguous or seemingly incomplete images or structures, complete, and familiar Patterns and shapes to align.

Unlike hallucinations Pareidolien can be controlled consciously, and do not disappear even then, when watching intently the supposed face/object. You can also be in the rule of several persons at the same time perceived.

Sometimes the interpretation of the supposed forms is a further step. When NASA released this image taken by the Chandra Observatory in 2014, believed to detect some of the viewer on the images of the object PSR B1509-58, the “Hand of God”.


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