Questions tagged [the-moon]

Questions regarding Earth's only natural satellite. For questions about the natural satellites of other planets, use the tag [natural-satellite].

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Astronomical effect on a person when he or she views lights comparable to thousand suns? Galaxy,space and universe are important in such an event

How to describe the effect of solar system and moon,stars and planets when a person views lights comparable to thousand suns from ground planet -Earth? Such events are mentioned in BIBLE and in ...
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Why does moon moves to side if I change my position directly into it?

I've setup this scenario on Stellarium where the moon is aligned with East direction. I wanted to see the change of altitude of the moon if I move straight into its direction (time of observation is ...
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Given this report, you can see why people may think the moon landings were fake? [closed]

I was reading today that, in research published in The Astrophysical Journal, molecular oxygen has been discovered in the Markarian 231 galaxy, 561 million light-years from Earth. A light-year, which ...
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Moon rotation tidal braking

Do we know if the moon had an initial rotation or did it coalesce tidally locked. If it had an initial rotation how long would it take to become tidally locked?
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Is there any point on earth where the moon stays below the horizon for an extended period of time?

When I was teaching a class why the earth has seasons today, I mentioned how the poles of the earth experience months of daylight and darkness. Then one of my students asked whether the moon ...
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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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Field rotation and observing the moon

For stars, field rotation can be accounted for with an equatorial mount aligned with the Earth's axis and turning at the correct rate. Since the Moon's orbit is on a different axis then the Earth's ...
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How to understand the meaning of this International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) lunar occultation of Mars map?

Earthsky.org's Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on February 18 as well as Moon occults Mars morning of February 18 include the image below and credit it to The International Occultation Timing ...
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If the earth lost 1/81th of its mass how would it orbit change? [closed]

If a planet becomes lighter, then I believe its orbit will change. For example, the moon is 1/81 of the mass of the earth. So, if the moon disappeared, then the earth-moon system would lose 1/81th of ...
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What's the first written record of the moon being tidally locked to the earth?

I couldn't find references as to who first noticed (wrote down) that the moon was tidally locked to the Earth. This, to me, doesn't seem obvious from first glance, and looks like something only found ...
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Is Earth's moon the only one where a total eclipse of the sun covers the entire sun?

Is Earth's moon the only one where a total eclipse of the sun covers the entire sun? Are any other moons the same size as the sun as viewed from their planet like Earth's moon?
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How do I calculate moon phase orientation at any Coordinates given all the necessary data?

I'm having a problem for a couple of days where I'm trying to accurately calculate the phase angle of the moon at any given Coordinates (lon,lat).If I know my current Coordinates, Moon and sun ...
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Can this picture of the moon directly above the sun from the horizon be real?

I recently saw this image, but somebody told me that it is fake, possibly photoshopped. The moon and the sun appear to be on the same perpendicular from the horizon. Is there any way to tell if this ...
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Moonrise after sunrise but moonset before sunset?

Today (1/24/2020) for Boston MA timeanddate.com lists the following four times: Sunrise 7:05 AM Moonrise 7:06 AM Moonset <...
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How to compute Ascension / Descension cycle of the Moon

I am struggling to find out an information about how to determine ascending/descending cycle of the Moon. I can find from this source and a bunch of others, that Moon begins to descend when reaches ...
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Sun and moon's orbit in ecliptic coordinates using skyfield

I am new to using skyfield, is there any doc or help file that can show me on how to get the orbit of Sun and moon in ecliptic coordinate for a particular date and ...
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What is the highest angle the moon ever makes above the horizon at the North Pole?

The question is in the title. I'd like to find out the maximum angle the moon ever makes above the horizon at the North Pole. By "the horizon at the North Pole," I mean the tangent plane to the earth ...
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What is the cycle for when the maximum amount of the Moon's apparent area is sunlit?

The Moon is defined as full when its ecliptic longitude is 180$^{\circ}$ distant from the Sun's. But what is the cycle for when the maximum proportion of the moon's apparent area is sunlit, and for ...
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Why do we only see the clouds directly infront of the moon glow from moon light?

Surly the moon is not projecting a direct beam of light which only lights up the small area of clouds around the moon. What phenomenon is happening that only allows us to see that center focus glow ...
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Astronomical events and Celebrations

In the past people celebrated important astronomical events and some of those events are still celebrated in some cultures and traditions. For example: March/September equinox, New Moon, Winter/...
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Is there a timekeeping word for the orbit of a moon?

For a planet, we can colloquially refer to its period of rotation as a "day" and its period of revolution around its parent star as a "year." Some worlds have unique terms, such as Martian days being ...
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Why is only one side of the Moon visible from Earth?

Why do we only ever see the same side of the moon? If this is to do with gravity are there any variables which mean we might one day see more than we have before?
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Scientific possibility of stationary moons for a writer of fiction

I tried to do some research to find an answer for this question before posting this but didn't find anything that I could sink my teeth into. I was wondering: if it would be possible for a planet to ...
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Difference in gravity on both sides of the moon

How much (if any) difference in gravity would you feel if you are on the surface of the moon and: standing right 'under' earth (exaclty between the moon and the earth) and on the opposite side of the ...
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Pekin Chang'e 4 Mission, Shadow?

I'm wondering why there is a shadow under the Yutu 2 rover, of the Chang'e 4 mission, since it is on the far/dark side of the moon. The Chang'e 4 lander, as seen by the Yutu 2 rover. (Image credit: ...
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Delay of Moon passing a defined meridian each day

On the website Lunar Synodic Curve a nice image of an Moon analemma is shown together with an explantion on the reason why for the different phases of the Moon the images have to be taken with 24h ...
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Moon's unusual gravity

We know that the Moon's gravity is about one-sixth that of Earth. Then I recently read that the mass of the Moon is about one-eightieth the mass of Earth. Since gravity depends on the mass of the 2 ...
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The movement of the moon

I was in Cuba from January 15th to the 22nd this year and there was a quarter moon. If I use a compass to explain the orientation of the quarter moon, it started in the north position around 4 pm. By ...
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Is there a way to know the time according the moon appearance?

Is it possible know the time according to the moon location? To look at the sky at night and then determine what the time is.
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Can the moon's gravity influence be observed on the space station's orbit?

In browsing through Astronomy Stack Exchange, I came across this question about orbiting the moon (Is it possible to achieve a stable "lunarstationary" orbit around the moon?). In further ...
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Is the Moon not in hydrostatic equilibrium?

Given the recently-announced observations from VLT/SPHERE that 10 Hygiea may be sufficiently round to qualify as the second main-belt dwarf planet, I found myself perusing Wikipedia's Hydrostatic ...
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Struggling to understand the phases of the moon

Source Typically this diagram is how the phases of the moon are explained but the issue is this, namely, the phases seen on the right half are not possible. All the phases should appear on the left ...
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how is it possible to see the sun and the moon at the same time? [duplicate]

I once saw the sun and the moon at the same time once. How is this possible? Im from london england U.K and this probably some time in 2017 autumn time at around 6pm any Ideas.
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Moon Photo from Apollo 12 mission

Can anyone explain why the Moon looks so small and dark in photos taken from cislunar space during the Apollo 12 mission? AS12-53-7887 found at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS12-53-...
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Jean Meeus - calculating moon rise, transit and set times - help isolating error in logic

I've been working my way through the Jean Meeus Astronomical Algorithms book for a few weeks, to implement some of the key algorithms for a personal project. This task has been a little more complex ...
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How big would the Earth look from the Moon?

Imagine standing (somewhere) on the Moon's surface. How big would the Earth look from the Moon, compared to the image of the Moon we see from Earth? What would be the ratio between the diameters of ...
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How do we distinguish old craters from new ones on the Moon?

The following image is the observation made by the Dual Frequency Synthetic Aperture Radar (DF-SAR) onboard the Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter: Due to image size restriction, a lower resolution image is used ...
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Axial wobble or binary star system

Is our solar system affected by a body unobserved as of yet that causes our solar system to curve through space in an orbit? Is this idea outlandish or us there any evidence to support it? Consider ...
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Orbital speed is (vector) sum of tangential and normal speed?

Orbital speed definition in wiki does not state clearly - it is just tangential speed component or square root of squares of normal and tangential speed (full speed vector). When we say that moon ...
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Simulate earth, moon, sun constellation with dates

I would like to simulate the three object distance, specifically the distance of the moon to both, sun and earth for further investigation into tide prediction. What would be a good starting point ...
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How to calculate the moon phase angle?

I need to calculate the exact moon phase angle for each our of a day. I have my position in lat and long and a unix timestamp. At the end i would like to be able to caluculate the moon brightness with ...
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How impermeable are the surfaces of the moon?

In the event that we want to dig into the surface of either face of the moon do we know yet if the surfaces of the moon are particularly difficult or particularly easy to dig in?
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Connection between Earth, Moon, Theia, and asteroid belt?

Are there other fragments aside from the Moon that resulted from the collision of Earth and "Theia" (as it's called in recent main-stream press stories)? And if not, why not? And what happened to "...
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What is the apparent magnitude of the faintest stars visible during a full moon?

Assuming the viewer is far from any light pollution, it is a cloudless night, and humidity is very low. What is the faintest apparent magnitude of stars visible to the naked eye during a full moon (...
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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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How many Moon's Topocentric Conjunction occurs per lunar month?

It is clear that only one Moon's Geocentric Conjunction occurs per lunar month, what about the Topocentric Conjunction for a given location? without scale I can imagine many Topocentric Conjunctions ...
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mm-wavelengths Moon map, scientific case

I would like to test a telescope with a Moon observation. It is a low spectrometer-imager at 110-300 GHz with a resolution of 4 arcmin@150 GHz. Is there any scientific target that concerns the Moon ...
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Moon changes position

So most nights the Moon usually rises on the right of the sky when I look through the window just like the previous night. But this night the Moon was on the left of the sky rising. Does anyone know ...
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Why can I see the dark side of the moon?

Last weekend (29/30 April) the sky in my area (Central Europe) was pretty clear and the Moon was nicely visible. Funnily, one could not only see the sunlit area of the Moon, but also the dark side* ...
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Is it possible that the shadow of The Moon is a single dot during solar eclipse?

During a solar eclipse The Moon covers The Sun on some places on the Earth. Now the focal point is a bit above the Earth so the shadow area is about 160 miles. In history The Moon was a bit closer to ...

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