Earth and the Moon

The Moon

What is the “Man on the Moon”?

Over the millennia, different societies and civilizations found their own interpretations of the patterns of craters and maria on the Moon. In southwestern Native American cultures, the Man on the Moon was actually Kokopelli, a large-headed, thin-bodied man hunched over playing the flute. In ancient China, the design of the Moon was not a man at all, but a rabbit.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy Astronomy Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App