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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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USNO moon images look quite different?

I visited: http://aa.usno.navy.mil/imagery/moon http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/time/moon-phase-images within seconds of each other, and saw two very different "current moon images": Is one of ...
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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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Mapping selenographic coordinates onto a sphere [closed]

I have created a 3D rendering of the moon, which is represented as a sphere with a radius of N pixels. I also have selenographic coordinates. For example, the coordinates of the Apollo 11 landing ...
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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 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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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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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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Computing orbit positions of Jovian Satellites / Moons using JPL data

I've been trying to build a model of the solar system in a game. Thus far I've succeeded in placing each of the planets in position using Keplerian elements and formulae from https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/...
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Mountains on the moon during solar eclipse?

I ask myself the reason of why the sun in not uniform on the edge of the moon at this moment of the eclipse (cf. picture) is not unifom is because of the mountains of the moon ? Or can it due to ...
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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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How significant and accessible is modern Chinese astronomy?

Is China fully integrated in the international astronomical community, or does military secrecy and language problems and sanctions (ITAR) or something else stand in the way? Does China have valuable ...
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Help plotting a trip to the Moon! [closed]

Take me to the moon! I know this is literally rocket science but, I would like any sources or formulas that would help me plot a trip to the Moon. I'm not sending anything, nor do I ever plan to, I ...
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Why is moon light not the same color as sunlight?

The light from the moon is light being reflected from the sun. The sun, in space, is white. But on Earth, when the light is filtered through an atmosphere, the light appears yellow. So then, why is ...
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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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Was that actually a shooting star during the supermoon eclipse on September 27th 2015?

During the super-moon total lunar eclipse on September 27th a meteor-like streak passed very close within view of the event. It appeared to happen at the very middle, the maximum eclipse. [...
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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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Can I measure the moon's gravity?

Since I learned about Newton's gravity law, I wonder if I can measure the moon's gravity using (almost) no special equipment. The best I could come up with is a pendulum, which is in a resting ...
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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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Is the moon “perfectly” tidally locked and, if not, how long would it take us to observe it's rotation?

I have a general understanding of how and why a body in space can be tidally locked to it's planet or sun and I'm aware that our moon is in such a state. My question is, if our moon once had a ...
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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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Is it possible to achieve a stable “lunarstationary” orbit around the moon?

Is there a stable geostationary orbit around the moon? My feeling is, that the orbit would collide with earth, because of the moon's slow rotation.
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Would a satellite in geosynchronous orbit between the earth and moon track across the sky together?

On Nov. 25 at 2:30a.m. from southern California while viewing the moon with a 70mm D x 400mm F telescope a point of light was seen at about the 7 o'clock position below the moon. As viewed the point ...
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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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The face of the moon at moonset

It appears that the face of the moon "rotates" clockwise from the time the moon rises to the time it sets. Tycho's crater seems more to the left and the "Rabbits head" looks like it's facing down more....
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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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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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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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Is there any residual oscillation left from the Moon rotation?

The Moon is tidally locked to Earth - a long time ago it was spinning, but after a time, the spin stopped - two factors stabilizing it: unequal mass distribution creating an equilibrium position where ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can the Moon provide momentum to an object in Earth's orbit? Gravity Assisted Boost [closed]

Can a satellite maintain an equatorial orbit around Earth near the Moon's orbit to receive partial gravitational boosts by gaining momentum as the satellite passes though the Moon's gravity well? I'...
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Can impact craters on the moon act like giant radio telescopes?

Could large craters on the moon be used as reflective lenses for radio signals? Acting like a large radio telescope reflecting radio waves to a satellite positioned over the crater.
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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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What causes the abundance of dust to 'float' in the thin lunar atmosphere?

Several missions to the Moon have revealed a lunar horizon glow, such as the ones seen below by the spacecraft Surveyor 7 in 1968: Image source: NASA According to the NASA article "Model Helps ...
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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 ...