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Questions tagged [the-moon]

Questions regarding Earth's only natural satellite.

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Does the moon have days?

As like Earth, does the moon have a day (24 hours). If it has, how many hours are in a moon day?.
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Observations of a perigee coincident with a full Moon

Hopefully this will be a quick and easy question, with a quick and easy answer, but why is it that we observe a perigee Moon coincident with a full Moon approximately every 13 months? Is this related ...
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Can radio telescopes such as arecibo image the subsurface of asteroids or planets?

This was done with the moon: Radio Dishes Peer Beneath Moon's Surface
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Why is the Lunar Node in a daily motion?

I've read a lot about the Lunar Nodes online (on Wikipedia, astro.com and a bunch of other websites), but there is one thing I cannot figure out and the sources don't seem to clearly explain: why are ...
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How many rovers now on Moon? [closed]

The Apollo missions took moving rovers to the Moon. How many moving rovers are presently on the Moon?
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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 are tides biggest during the equinoxes?

I've read that during the equinoxes, tides are at their maximum. Shouldn't this only apply to latitudes near the equator? I mean, when the solar declination is near to 0º and we have a full or new ...
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Why does the Moon appear gray when passing between the Sun and the Earth?

Shouldn't the Moon appear as bright as a full Moon seen at midnight from Earth? The photo was taken by DSCOVR at Lagrange point 1. In the picture, The Moon appears dark gray. Of course the Earth ...
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Is this a real picture of the moon?

I found this picture and I am really wondering if it is possible for the moon to get as close to the earth as this picture shows? ( Super moon above Rio De Janeiro)
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How often is a blue moon?

A blue moon is two full moons in the same month. How many times will a blue moon occur in the average lifetime of say 70 years?
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Has anyone filmed a total lunar eclipse from the Moon's perspective?

With all of the footage we have of total lunar eclipses, has NASA, ESA, or any other space program ever taken a photo or video of it from the Moon itself?
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lunar calendar accuracy for predicting new moons

I wonder, how accurate the lunar calendar is? Can we predict the new moons precisely for tens of years in future? If we know all factors that affects the movement of the moon, then why it is not ...
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Has NASA confirmed earth now has a second moon orbiting the planet?

Several sites claim NASA has confirmed a second moon orbiting earth. This is the Asteroid 2016 HO3. One source states The newfound quasi-satellite/moon-2016 HO3, is likely larger than 120 feet (40 m) ...
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What color is earthshine?

What color is earthshine (e.g the average color of earth that shines on the moon)? I am making a solar system exploration game, and would like to know this for the lighting of my moon level at night, ...
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Two moons and one Earth? [closed]

Can any one explain to me What will happen to Earth if its has two moons? Same Distance & two sides of earth (North & south)? Will it be good for humans or bad?
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What is the name of the cycle whereby the lunar azimuth and altitude recur on a given day?

Like the Metonic cycle, except for position in the sky, not phase. Original question: If I look up at the moon tonight, how long before it is in the same apparent position, and same phase, again? I ...
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What would Earth be like without the Moon?

If somehow our moon was destroyed (for example by an asteroid) what would happen to Earth? Would the Earth be affected by the absence of the moon? Would humans be able to live normal lives without ...
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Is it possible for the year to have 11 full moons (i.e. the opposite of a blue moon)

A blue moon is so called for when we have 13 full moons in a year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_moon Is it possible to have 11 fun moons in a year? (Maybe if we included calendar changes, for ...
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Appearance of the Cresent [duplicate]

Does the latitude of your position on earth change the appearance of the cresent like it changes the position of other objects visible in the sky? Does it rotate it?
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Why aren't people going to The Moon any more? [duplicate]

In 1969 America landed on the moon, and at that time our technology was not as good as it is now. So my question is, we have much more advanced technology than in 1969, so why are we not utilising ...
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LLR & Orbital Motion

As I understand it, light that is emitted from a source is not imparted with the motion of the source and so always follows a "straight line". If this is correct, I am having a difficult time ...
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Is it possible for the Sun and the Moon to crash into each other? [closed]

Is it possible for the Sun and the Moon to crash into each other? If yes, under what conditions? If no, why?
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What is the first recorded reference to the Moon being a satellite of the Earth?

I saw a list recently of the moons of the various planets and the discoverer(s) and date of discovery. Earth's Moon was listed as Unknown. I know you don't 'discover' a huge disc in the sky. But ...
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Can you see city lights on the Moon from Earth?

This is the opposite of another question. That question is about whether you could see cities on Earth if you were standing on the Moon. Let's there are cities on the Moon and you're standing on the ...
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The relation between the light of full moon and the distance between the sun and the earth

If we want the full moon to be 2 times more bright,how we should change the distance between the sun and the earth? Thanks for your help.
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What makes the Moon and Venus shine?

Is there some substance on Venus or some kind of material, because neither bodies have any source of light.
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Far side of the moon question

Do all / most / any other moons orbiting a planet synchronize their rotation so as to become tidally locked with it, or is the earth a special case?
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Longitude of the Ecliptic

I originally went to math.stackexchange.com and they suggested I try here as well. I'm trying to figure out how to calculate times of moonrise and moonset for a given position on the earth on a ...
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Solar / lunar positions in ECEF using SOFA C libraries

I'd like to calculate the positions of the sun and moon in the ECEF coordinate system using the SOFA (http://www.iausofa.org/current_C.html) libraries given a Julian day input. So far, I've got this ...
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How Soon Could a Waxing Crescent Moon Be Seen?

Question: Apart from a Solar Eclipse, How much time is needed until a Waxing Crescent Moon be seen following a New Moon? Would the time of year be significant? The Vernal Equinox + 1 Month. Could ...
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Can we apply Kepler's law of planetary motion to the moons motion around the earth?

I have been trying to understand Kepler's law of planetary motion for a while. So I was thinking, if it would even apply to the moon orbiting around the earth. Does the moon too orbit in an ellipse ...
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The moon: how to determine its size, speed and distance from earth using a simple telescope?

Assuming I only have a simple telescope, how can I determine the size of the moon, its angular velocity and distance from earth?
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Why doesn't the moon twinkle?

Stars twinkle because their light has to squeeze through several different layers of the Earth's atmosphere. So why doesn't the moon twinkle as well?
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What effect does the Moon have on the near Earth asteroid population?

Does the big (0.012 Earth masses) Moon of Earth clear away NEAs, Earth orbit crossing asteroids, in a significant way? Venus and Mars don't have large moons, do they therefore have larger or smaller ...
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Why do Earth and moon move apart but binary black holes move closer?

According to the accepted answer on Is the moon moving further away from Earth and closer to the Sun? Why?, the moon is receding from Earth because tidal forces and friction cause energy to be lost. ...
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Is the Earth Really Spinning? (honest question)

Most people consider it common knowledge that the Sun's "movement" in the sky is only perceived due to the Earth's "spin and movement". Based on this, you'd think that the stars in the night sky (...
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Multiple aerobraking [closed]

I moved this question to more related : Space exploration I spent a lot hours with Kerbal Space Program recently and I am courious about one thing. I got into orbit of moon and then I was able to ...
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Why is it said that the far side of the moon's crust is thicker?

This video states that NASA has determined that the far side of the moon's crust is thicker than the near side's crust. How did they determine this? Please note I'm not asking for theories or ...
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Why does the planet Saturn have numerous (62) moons compared to the rest of the planets in the Solar System?

Saturn is a gas giant like Jupiter. It has everything from tiny moonlets less than 1 kilometer across to the enormous Titan, which is larger than the planet Mercury. Saturn has 62 moons with ...
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Does the Sun impose back it's tidal forces onto the Earth (such as the Earth's to the Moon)?

It is known that each year the Moon is moving away from the Earth due to tidal forces. What about the Earth relative to the Sun?
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The relation of the lit side of the moon and the sun

During different days when both the sun and the moon are seen I notice that the axis of the lit, illuminated, side of the moon does not pass through the sun there is some degree of diversion. Why?
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How unusual is the solar system?

In Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, the main characters are looking for the long-lost Earth. There are two major features of the solar system that seem to make it unusual among the millions of ...
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Is there any real chance of getting hit with a meteorite if we build a base on the moon?

I've been reading an article today on how the European Space Agency (ESA) has an interest in building a space village on the moon which will be 3D printed and assembled by robots. Eventually people ...
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What if Earth and Moon revolved around each other like Pluto and Charon?

What would be different for us if Earth and Moon revolved around each other like Pluto and Charon do?
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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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Venus transiting behind the Earth’s moon December 7, 2015

Observing from Earth what are the odds that Venus does not line up in conjunction with Earth’s moon and does not transit behind the moon but slightly below or above with a complete visual of Venus ...
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why hasn't Nasa gone back to our Moon? [closed]

why has not Nasa gone back to our Moon since the first landing on the moon
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Can we have a second moon?

This question sounds like silly and rather fantasy filled. But can our earth's gravity capture a sizable asteroid and make it rotate around our earth like our moon which become visible from ground. Is ...
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Why is the Color scheme of natural satellites in our solar system based of light shades of grey?

What is the explanation of the color similarity that the majority of natural satellites obtain?
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Does the Moon capture radiation pressure from the sun causing momentum from photon propulsion? [closed]

Could a planet's main use for natural satellites be that of a photon sail?