TEXT 38
tesam padaghata-rathanga-curnitad
ayodhanad ulbana utthitas tada
renur disah kham dyumanim ca chadayan
nyavartatasrk-srutibhih pariplutat
SYNONYMS
tesam—of all the people engaged on the battlefield; padaghata—because of beating on the ground by the legs of the demons and demigods; ratha-anga—and by the wheels of the chariots; curnitat—which was made into pieces of dust; ayodhanat—from the battlefield; ulbanah—very forceful; utthitah—rising; tada—at that time; renuh—the dust particles; disah—all directions; kham—outer space; dyumanim—up to the sun; ca—also; chadayan—covering all of space up to that; nyavartata—dropped floating in the air; asrk—of blood; srutibhih—by particles; pariplutat—because of being widely sprinkled.
TRANSLATION
Because of the impact on the ground of the legs of the demons and demigods and the wheels of the chariots, particles of dust flew violently into the sky and made a dust cloud that covered all directions of outer space, as far as the sun. But when the particles of dust were followed by drops of blood being sprinkled all over space, the dust cloud could no longer float in the sky.
PURPORT
The cloud of dust covered the entire horizon, but when drops of blood sprayed up as far as the sun, the dust cloud could no longer float in the sky. A point to be observed here is that although the blood is stated to have reached the sun, it is not said to have reached the moon. Apparently, therefore, as stated elsewhere in Srimad-Bhagavatam, the sun, not the moon, is the planet nearest the earth. We have already discussed this point in many places. The sun is first, then the moon, then Mars, Jupiter and so on. The sun is supposed to be 93,000,000 miles above the surface of the earth, and from the Srimad-Bhagavatam we understand that the moon is 1,600,000 miles above the sun. Therefore the distance between the earth and the moon would be about 95,000,000 miles. So if a space capsule were traveling at the speed of 18,000 miles per hour, how could it reach the moon in four days? At that speed, going to the moon would take at least seven months. That a space capsule on a moon excursion has reached the moon in four days is therefore impossible.

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