I can only imagine seeing this at night on a lonely island. Would it be all that bad to happen upon an island via a storm destroying your ship? Sometimes the things that seem the worst are only disguising the greatest things.
In ancient times when man had not quite got round to inventing the wristwatch, the most reliable source of telling the time was the sun, moon, and stars. There seems to be several opinions of who came up with the moon planting calendar first.