The Moon, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

14 10 2015

A big, shinning ball,
High up in the sky,
Seen by all,
Like a crystal ball.

High up in the sky,
Shinning in the night,
As it passes by,
Lighting up the sky.

Shinning in the night,
For you and me,
Its ray, so bright,
The beauty of moonlight.

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NaPoWriMo Poem #1: Essay, Too Hard To Live On The Moon

1 04 2015

I guess it’s too hard to live on the moon
I guess it’s too hard to move to the moon
I guess it’s too hard to start space exploring
I guess it’s too hard to begin space exploring
I guess we might never live on the moon
I guess we’re not fit to live on the moon
I guess we couldn’t afford to buy a spaceship anyway
I guess we’re not suited to be moon explorers
I guess we’ll never live on the moon
I guess moon is not in the cards now
I guess mom wouldn’t make a good moon explorer
I guess I can’t expect we’ll ever live on the moon now
I guess I’ll have to give up all my dreams of living on the moon
I guess I’ll never live on the moon now
We couldn’t build a spaceship anyway though Kowalski build one in Central Park Zoo
Maybe someday I’ll build a Lego spaceship
I guess living on the moon is really out
Playing with aliens, walking between the miles of rows of moon rocks
I guess moon exploring is just too difficult
We’ll never live on the moon
Too much work and still to be poets
Who are the astronaut poets
Was there ever a poet who went to the moon
Neil Armstrong went to the moon
And Buzz Aldrin has gone to the moon too
Pete Conrad went there too
But none of them are poets
Someone told me Alan Bean had been painting
No poets are real-life astronauts
If Alan Shepard could be a test pilot and Ed Mitchell too,
Why not a poet who was also an astronaut
Of course David Scott wrote a book
And John Young published an autobiography
Perhaps some of them can become poets
I guess poets tend to live more momentarily
Than life on space would allow
You could never have free time to write a poetry
Or to join NaPoWriMo every April
I may want to go to the moon but my mother was right
I should never have tried to jump to the moon
Unless I can convince myself the cow really did jump over the moon
That we can all just jump to the moon
It’ll be very easy and we’ll pay nothing
Or worry crashing and unable to survive
Some might jump even higher and reach the stars
If we can just dream and imagine endlessly





Photos: 2013 Supermoon, When Moon At Closest Point To Earth

25 06 2013
JER03. Har El (Israel), 23/06/2013.- A full moon in the 'Perigee' phase rises over the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har El, 23 June 2013. The moon on 23 June evening will be at its closest distance to Earth, a constellation also known as 'supermoon,' in which the earth's trabant appears between 12 to 14 per cent larger and according to scientific sources also about 30 percent brighter than the normal full moon. EFE/EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

JER03. Har El (Israel), 23/06/2013.- A full moon in the ‘Perigee’ phase rises over the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har El, 23 June 2013. The moon on 23 June evening will be at its closest distance to Earth, a constellation also known as ‘supermoon,’ in which the earth’s trabant appears between 12 to 14 per cent larger and according to scientific sources also about 30 percent brighter than the normal full moon. EFE/EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

Supermoon happens when the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to Earth.

So, we will see it bigger than usual.

The moon can appears to be up to 14%  larger and 30% brighter than when the moon is at its farthest point, or apogee.

Please click here for more images





GE13: DAP’s Rocket Has Reached PAS’s Moon

21 04 2013




The Moon or Lunar

14 06 2012

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person who walked on the moon.

Do you ever wonder where did the moon went when at night we can’t see it or can only see a part of the moon?

I’ll explain…

The moon was not eaten or cut away.

It happened because the moon orbits the Earth.

The moon has no light and when we see the moon shines the light actually comes from the Sun.

Only half of the moon gets the light at one time.

The lighted portion of the moon that we see is called  phase of the moon.

This video might explain a lot…

Please click my posts below to learn more about lunar eclipse:

  1. Total Lunar Eclipse – June 16, 2011

  2. Partial Lunar Eclipse





Our Solar System

13 06 2012

There used to be 9 planets and more than 170 moons in our solar system.

The 9 planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

But in August 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to re-classify Pluto as a “dwarf planet”, and not in the same category as the 8 planets.

So now there are 8 planets in the solar system.

Each planet goes around the Sun on its own path called orbit.

Anyway we cannot see the paths because they are invisible.

Earth takes about 365 days to orbit the Sun.

This is called one Earth year.

And each moons moves around its planet in its own orbit.

The size of the planet from the smallest to the biggest:

  1. Mercury

  2. Mars

  3. Venus

  4. Earth

  5. Neptune

  6. Uranus

  7. Saturn

  8. Jupiter

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first person who went to space.

People travel to space in a spacecraft or spaceship.





Total Lunar Eclipse – June 16, 2011

20 06 2011

INTO DARKNESS: The moon slowly being obscured by the earth's shadow — Pic: Angkasa.

Lunar means moon.

There was a total lunar eclipse on June 16, 2011.

Lunar eclipse happens when the Earth blocks the Moon from the Sun.

It happens when the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in straight line or  almost; with the Earth in the middle.

Total lunar eclipse happens when the Earth blocks the whole moon.

If only about half Moon is blocked by the Earth, it will be a partial lunar eclipse.

This is a picture that I made using the Microsoft PowerPoint to show how lunar eclipse happens.

First I tried to watch the lunar eclipse at 12:56 a.m., but I can’t see anything because it was too cloudy.

Then I woke up early and went outside to watch the lunar eclipse at 6:05 a.m. and this time I can see the eclipse but it was still cloudy.

I waited and soon it was less cloudy and I can see the eclipse clearly.

Anyway I miss the total eclipse.

I hope that I’m not going to miss another total lunar eclipse next time.








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