Pre-Lunar Celestial 'Crescents'
Just as Saturn was 'the sun before the sun,' at least two celestial crescent-shaped apparitions, apparently seen far and wide, have lately confused and confounded scholars and historians.
Prior to Earth's meeting with her present satellite / moon, 'Luna,' Jupiter was seen in the northern skies from time to time -- Sol illuminating the lower portion of Jupiter's ponderous mass. In later eras, this crescent would come to be viewed as a 'ship' or 'ark' moored atop a 'mountain' of plasma discharging from Jupiter's south pole.
During the 'Golden Age' of c. -4939 to -3147, a backlit crescent completed one rotation daily around the globe of Saturn, et al, in the northern skies. This may have been the edge of Saturn himself, or, alternatively, the lit edge of his encompassing rings.