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In the Buddhist Jataka tales (Tale 316), [3] a monkey, an otter, a jackal, and a rabbit resolved to practice charity on the day of the full moon ( Uposatha ), believing a demonstration of great virtue would earn a great reward. When an old man begged for food, the monkey gathered fruits from the trees and the otter collected fish, while the jackal wrongfully pilfered a lizard and a pot of milk-curd. The rabbit, who knew only how to gather grass, instead offered its own body, throwing itself into a fire the man had built. The rabbit, however, was not burnt. The old man revealed himself to be Śakra and, touched by the rabbit's virtue, drew the likeness of the rabbit on the Moon for all to see. It is said the lunar image is still draped in the smoke that rose when the rabbit cast itself into the fire. A version of this story can be found in the Japanese anthology Konjaku Monogatarishū , where the rabbit's companions are a fox, instead of a jackal, and a monkey. The legend is popular and part of local folklore throughout Asia in China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. [4] [5] [6] The legend also gave rise to the Mid-Autumn Festival of China and Vietnam, Tsukimi of Japan and Chuseok of Korea which all celebrate the legend of the moon rabbit.

This relationship recently paid yet another dividend when USGS staff scientist Trent Hare alerted me to a pair of lunar maps that he and other researchers had created from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data amassed from 2009 to 2013. Made available to Sky & Telescope by special arrangement, these large wall maps measure a generous 46 by 41 inches and reveal Earth's nearest neighbor with the kind of close-up detail that you'd see through a telescope. They come folded in a convenient storage sleeve.


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