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Questions tagged [the-moon]

Questions regarding Earth's only natural satellite.

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the movement of the moon

I was in Cuba from jan 15 -22 this year and there was a 1/4 moon if I use a compass to explain the 1/4 it started in the north position around 4 pm by 7pm it was in the east position and by 11 pm it ...
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How come the Sun does not make the Moon crash on the Earth?

As the Moon loops around the Earth, on one side of the Earth it moves toward the Sun (let's call it downward side) and on the other side it moves away from the Sun (let's call it the upward side). ...
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What causes the duration of moon phases (the time the moon is visible above the horizon) to vary for an observer in the northern hemisphere?

Why does each phase of the moon stay up a different number of hours per phase, so that, for example, January’s full moon was up twice as long as the new moon? Plus every month this bulge shifts and at ...
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Why would the Chang'e-4 lander find lunar far side temp. “colder than scientists expected”, when the LRO has already been taking thermal readings?

In January, the Chinese probe lander Chang'e-4 was was announced to have found temperatures dipping lower on the far side than expected ("Chinese rover finds lunar nights 'colder than expected'" by R. ...
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Lunar phases if Earth was tidally locked to the Moon

I know that the Earth will never become tidally locked to the Moon, so this is purely hypothetical. If I understand correctly, in this hypothetical scenario an Earth day is now a lot longer at ...
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Moon equatorial coordinates

It took some effort, but in the end, I successfully calculated the geographical point of the Sun. I assumed that I could do the same for the Moon. My plan is: Find RA and declination of the Moon ...
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What would happen to the solar system if Earth's mass was removed?

This question is inspired by the "Stargate SG-1" episode "The Road Not Taken". In that story a device is used to shift the entire Earth to another dimension to defend against an attack. I'm not ...
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Do we know what Earth looked like before the collision with Theia?

Let's assume the moon was formed because Earth collided into Theia. (There are numerous other theories, but this one is the most widely accepted.) In that case, do we know what the Earth surface ...
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Happy lunar new year! When will “sunset” happen for Chang'e-4 and Yutu-2?

Firecrackers all night and all libraries being closed here are two good indicators to a nerd like me that Lunar New Year has come again, and that means that it's the beginning of a lunar month and new ...
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Is the Ordovician meteor event detectable in the lunar cratering record?

Approximately 468 million years ago there were a large number of L-chondrite meteorites falling to Earth. This is called the Ordovician meteor event and was probably the result of a large collision in ...
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Is it possible to see a spacecraft orbiting the moon with a pair of binoculars?

On this clear early morning over London, I was studying the moon with a pair of binoculars and noticed a tiny dot of light that appeared to trace a slow orbit around the moon. I reckon it moved ...
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Change in axis of the Earth if the Moon would dissappear [closed]

I read that, if the moon would not be there or if it would dissapear or be destroyed it could cause the earth to rotate into a possible axis of 45° degrees. Because it would be missing the ...
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Could a moon orbit an Earth size planet in such a way as to create a solar eclipse lasting for several weeks from start to finish?

Is it theoretically possible for a moon to orbit a planet (let us say Earth size, mass and solar distance) in such a way as to create a planet-wide solar eclipse lasting several weeks? These are my ...
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Why is the difference from a perfect sphere the same for the Earth and the Moon?

Wikipedia gives the following physical dimensions for the Moon: Physical characteristics ...
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When will the last total solar eclipse occur?

Because the moon distance from earth grows, how long will it take, that it is no longer possible to see a total eclipse but only circular eclipses? And does it make a difference if you are on the ...
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Is there really a blood wolf moon this month?

Just wondering so I can see it because I don't know if it is happening this month or not?
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How fast would an object at cruising altitude(around 10,600 m) need to travel to stay on the opposite side of the Earth to the Moon?

I am trying to figure out how fast an object will have to travel (at a height around 10,600 m) to never be in the presence of the moon. Meaning the object will always be on the opposite side of the ...
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Why is it that night has a almost a bluish tint to it instead of red?

From my understanding/been told, the color red has the ability to travel the farthest in our atmosphere, being the reason why we have red sunsets and such. But with this in mind, why is it that at ...
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Earth rising and setting from moon's perspective

Why the earth is rising and setting seen from the moon, when the moon is tidally locked? Shouldn't the earth be always on the same spot because of the tidal lock, if observed from the moon?
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Any pictures showing difference in moon between southern and northern observers?

Since observers in different parts of Earth will be observing the moon at slightly different angles relative to its (choose reference vector: north pole, origin of latitude longitude position, ...
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Objection on artificial moon for lighting

Some days ago i read about China's artificial moon mission for lighting cities In my junior classes i was taught the effect of Moon's gravity on tidal waves. According to me this is a very dangerous ...
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How open is China in sharing data from the Chang'e 4 mission?

It's really good to see that man (well, machine) has gone back to the moon again. Chang'e 4 is studying potential mantle material from the lunar depths and will be conducting radio astronomy in ...
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How to send information from the far side of the moon to Earth

Chang-E has just sent a shot after landing on the far side of the moon. It looks tricky, how can a device send information from a place that is oriented opposed to Earth?
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Would one have to be more than halfway to the Oort Cloud for the Sun to appear as bright as the full moon?

Is this correct? If the Sun is 400,000 times brighter than the full moon am I correct in figuring that one would have to be about 632AU from the Sun for it to appear as bright as the full moon. If ...
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Why is the moon more visible during the winter? [closed]

I was curious to find out that as to why, the moon looks more sharper during the day in winter, whereas it's almost not visible during summer.
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Is the moon's orbit circularizing? Why does tidal heating circularize orbits?

The moon has an elliptical orbit (of course), but as it inches away from the Earth each year, does its orbit become more circular and how come? Io's orbit is becoming more circular due to tidal ...
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Questions related to the reflection of the moon

What would happen if we painted the whole moon with black, will it still reflect light, or it will become invisible? What would happen if we painted the whole moon with silver paint or make its ...
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What should be the seperation between sun and moon during a solar and lunar eclipse as viewed from earth?

I saw this code online where a guy calculates the separation between sun and moon and verify the occurrence of eclipses. You can find the codes here. Why does he uses earth's angular size seen from ...
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Why is this moon red?

I wish I could attach a good quality photograph of this red color moon I'm looking at right now. I searched on internet but there was no lunar eclipse scheduled to occur on 23rd December 2018 in ...
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Are rising sea levels caused by the moon?

If the moon is moving away at a distance of 1.48" per year (BBC), than wouldn't that mean the gravitational pull by the moon would weaken over time causing the tidal bulge to shrink? Thus causing sea ...
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What is the relation between the saros (18 years, 11 days, 8 hours) and the period of lunar nodal precession (18.6 years)?

I am wondering. I am sure that they are related. How can we derive one from the other?
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Why is the shape of the Moon spherical? [duplicate]

The Moon does not rotate on its own axis. If I am right, for something to gain a spherical shape it has to rotate on its own axis. We know that the Moon does not rotate on its own axis. How can this ...
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Precise declination of Moon

The moon follows 5.14 deg inclined path. the ecliptic and the Moon's path coincide are called 'nodes', and they travel around the ecliptic in a period of 18.66 years. Once every 18.66 years, the ...
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How could the Moon have arisen from a collision - what would make for an elliptical orbit?

One serious theory advanced for the creation of Earth's moon is that it resulted from a collision. However matter would be thrown off in all directions and some will fall back. How could a mass of ...
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Moon is a planet by “Clearing the neighborhood” condition?

Whether the Moon (Earth's natural satellite) is a planet is an old debate in planetary science. Though I do not agree that Moon is a planet, I found something difficult to clearly understand. ...
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Lunar illumination (percentage) data on an eclipse day needed

I am looking for the information on the percentage illumination of the moon during the different stages of a total lunar eclipse. Is there a database from where I can acquire information of lunar ...
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what is the net effect of nodal and apsidal lunar precession?

In apsidal lunar precession, the moon's elliptic major axis precesses eastward and completes one revolution eastward in 8.85 years. Because the orbit is inclined relative to the ecliptic, basic ...
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Where on Earth can moon rise on the meridian?

Somewhat related to this my picture showing only diurnal motion but Moon—seen from Earth—has a rapid motion with respect to the inertial celestial sphere, unlike stars and planets. Its motion relative ...
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Calculating the Size of Earth in the Apollo 8 Earthrise Photo

I was debating with someone online (I know, great way to get nowhere fast) regarding the size of Earth as it appears in the famous 'Earthrise' photos from Apollo 8. Below is an accurate (almost pixel-...
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Polar circle for the moon

The polar circle is the limit for how far north or south the sun will shine 24h. But is there a similar limit for the moon?
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Why is the moon so large in this picture from Athens

I don't undertand why the moon can be that big a few hundred miles sout of where I am in London... And when I went to Greece, even Africa, the moon wasn't so large...
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Puzzling quotes from astronauts about earth size

I have no doubt that we have been to the moon. This question has nothing to do with a moon landing hoax. But, there are two quotes from two different astronauts regarding the size of the earth as ...
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How could original astronomers have used the clouds to find distances? [closed]

I was looking at a very bright moon tonight through light cloud cover and saw a halo of light far bigger than the moon imposed on the clouds. Almost in a conic shape by comparison. I was wondering if ...
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What is the nature of “rock vapor” in this description of the formation of the Moon?

The NPR News item MacArthur Fellow And Planetary Scientist Sarah Stewart Discusses How The Moon Was Formed and audio podcast begins: Ari Shapiro, Host: Sarah Stewart likes to think about what ...
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Could the E.H.T. produce an image of the human artifacts on the moon?

Two days ago the New York Times featured the Event Horizon Telescope (E.H.T.), a huge virtual radio telescope emerging from combining data from several dishes scattered around the world. While the E.H....
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Could the Moon sit on the Earth?

Let say that the Earth's Moon was knocked out of orbit and landed on the Earth with some damage but not world ending. Would Earth's atmosphere envelop to include the Moon? Would the moon sink into the ...
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What is the Terra phase?

Does the Moon have a night and day like Earth? When sitting on the Moon and viewing the Earth what does it look like when the Earth goes through phases like the Lunar Phase? How does the sun travel ...
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What are the craters on the moon with peaks in the middle of them?

Was taking some extremely amatuer pictures of the moon from my cheap telescope with my camera phone... You see the crater Im talking about? Top right.The one with a little nub in the middle- which Im ...
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Difference in time between sunset and moonrise on a full moon

So as a Sailor I have experienced some times where sunset and moonrise are very close together (this happens when it's full moon) which is particularly beautiful. I assumed that this was always the ...
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How does the Moon move in the “night” sky as seen from the poles?

A photo in the NYTimes article Ice Surveys and Neckties at Dinner: Here’s Life at an Arctic Outpost has got me thinking. During the winter months at either the north or south pole, when it is ...