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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Is there an advantage to the equatorial region of the far side of the moon for a radio telescope or would any crater on the far side work?

If nearly any crater on the far side of the moon will work, and not just equatorial craters, then we could pick craters near the possible future Artemis base at the South pole which would allow easier ...
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Is the boulder on the peak of Tycho Crater the core of the impactor, or is it a random rock?

There's a strikingly visible boulder sitting right at the top of the peak complex in the center of Tycho Crater on the Moon. Is it just a coincidence that this gigantic, bright rock is sitting dead ...
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How long until the Earth and Moon become a binary planet?

With the rate at which the moon is further receding into a higher orbit, how long until the barycentre between us and the moon leaves the earth, and going by the IAUs 2006 definition update, we become ...
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How long does lunar opposition surge last? Are there measurements of the full Moon getting suddenly brighter?

Wikipedia's opposition surge is a short article and forwards shadow hiding and coherent backscattering as proposed mechanisms, but it doesn't really explain how much the brightness of the Moon ...
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When was the last eruption on the Moon?

The lunar mare are basins that filled up with magma over the course of the Moon's history. So there were eruptions on the surface of the Moon at some point in time. When did the last eruption happen ...
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“Lunar tropics”

The tropics is region of the Earth in which the Sun could be directly overhead. What is the corresponding region for the Moon? Is it the same or slightly larger? I live in the UK and hence have ...
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Is there any man-made satellite orbiting our moon?

I am just wondering whether any man-made satellites are currently orbiting our Moon. If there is one, would I be able to see it using my telescope?
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What can a lunar-based telescope do?

What can a lunar-based telescope do? If the band is ultraviolet and it can do high time sampling exposure, maybe it can be used to get distance for a star with stable pulses. However, the star should ...
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Why is the outline of a crescent moon brighter?

Some quick googling has given me the answer to whether seeing part of the moon that receives no sunlight is an optical illusion or not: it isn't. Earthshine lights the moon enough for the human eye to ...
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Solar wind, Earth wind and planetary winds?

In February 2021, a new form of "electrified gas breeze" was announced, see blog by Tony Phillips entitled A New Form of Space Weather: Earth Wind which might a possible explanation for ...
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Sun, Moon: Relative Distance from Crescent?

This is more a question about the history of astronomy. It recently occurred to me that you can estimate the ratio of earth-moon and earth-sun distance in the following way: We can look at the ...
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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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Implementation of formulae for Meeus for the Moon

With Astronomical Algorithms by J. Meeus (1998) I have obtained the relevant illuminated fraction of the disk and position angle. But they're numbers (all Greek to me!) I know, Meeus explains that ...
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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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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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Are there pictures from a solar eclipse of the earth taken from a moon landing unit or orbiter?

Did any moon landing vehicle or orbiter took pictures of a solar eclipse happening on the earth, i.e. the moon's shadow on the earth? (Alternatively from other spacecraft showing the whole globe). A ...
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Solid-body tides on the Moon

There are various good models for solid-body tides on the Earth. Are there any recommendations for tides on the Moon?
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What stabilizes rings or accretion disks?

We think, more or less, that our Moon was formed from an accretion disk caused by a Mars-sized impactor. Cool. Tidal forces can break apart a moon, causing rings. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: the ...
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A [very basic?] question about light scattering and colors

Since the night two days ago, the moon here in Israel appears to be orange as it rises, and then gradually becomes white as it continues travelling across the sky. This phenomenon comes in a great ...
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Total solar eclipse, supermoon, and spring equinox all happening at the same time: anything special about this?

Today (March 20, 2015) is seeing a rare combination of the spring equinox, a total solar eclipse, and a supermoon. I am wondering if there is anything special astronomically about all three of these ...
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How to calculate geocentric conjunction time and moon altitude at a given time

Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia determine the new moon if these criteria meet at 29th day: The geocentric conjunction occurs before sunset. The moon sets after the sun. I've got the formula to ...
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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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How to calculate the moon phase [duplicate]

I need a way of to calculate the moon phase. Do you know resources for research the theory from behind this? I basically have searched in Google, but the results were not very satisfactory. Exists a ...
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Circular formation around the moon

I have seen a large circular formation of cloud around the full moon sometimes. Have anyone seen the same? What is the reason behind this formation? Due to lunar attraction? Most of the sky is empty ...
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Is the full moon full everywhere on the planet?

When the moon is full, fully lit by the sun, will it appear full everywhere on the planet? E.g. if I where to set the date for the next three full moons for say: Sweden, Bali and Seattle how ...
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Why does the Moon appear to be flat?

There's no way around it: when I look at the full moon at night it looks like a mostly flat disc, with at most a bit convexity in the middle. Phases of moon look like a full moon seen through a cut-...
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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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During night on the Moon is there Earth light and Earth phases?

I realise that night time on the Moon is two weeks, however I am curious if during the night there, whether or not the Earth reflects light in similar manner to the Moon. On the one hand, I know it ...
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Is the moon's revolution speed increasing or decreasing

I've come across multiple answers to this question. So, the moon is moving away from the Earth a couple of centimeters per year and the Earth's rotation is slowing down. Here it says the moon's ...
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Moons with curlicue paths around our Sun?

I naively believed that since our Moon orbits Earth, and since Earth orbits the Sun, the path our Moon might take around the Sun would be this type of epitrochoid curve: I was surprised and delighted ...
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Is it practical to build a giant telescope in Moon? (Considering the fact that the atmosphere of moon is very rare)

China's FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope) is the largest radio telescope in the world.(This is huge!!!) As we all know Space Telescopes are better than Earth-Based ...
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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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Different full moon face on different places on Earth same time

I have theoretical question. Let's assume that it is full moon and two different humans are looking at it at the same time. One human is for example in London and one in Beijing. It doesn't really ...
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Why is the Moon smooth near the equator and bumpy near the poles?

It looks as if it was polished by applying emery to its spinning equator. My initial guess was that it was simply an illusion caused by light direction, but the terrain map shows the same phenomena. ...
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Moon looks too small in 3D model

I'm not sure if this is more a question for a 3D graphics forum, but I'm trying here first in case the answer has more to do with astronomy than 3D. I am creating a model of the Earth and Moon in a ...
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Is this photocomposition of Andromeda's galaxy and the Moon accurate?

I recently saw the below image circulating around twitter/facebook/reddit. It is titled "Andromeda's actual size if it was brighter" One of the comments provides a link to another comparison provided ...
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Where is the sun relative to my lunar rover?

I'm a robotics researcher writing orienteering code for a solar-powered lunar rover. I have two similar problems: Given the position of a robot on the moon in lunar latitude/longitude, where is the ...
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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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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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Why isn't the moon's surface made of mini craters?

I thought that the millions of mini rocks that hit the moon would cause it to be entirely cratered and not flat. Why is the moon not like this: why aren't craters visible in the footprint photo?
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Isn't it absurdly unlikely that our Moon would constantly be “facing” us? [duplicate]

I never thought about this until recently, but our Moon is constantly rotating in such a way that it happens to perfectly be "looking at us" at all times. That sounds incredibly unlikely to ...
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Do we know the availability of any material suitable for solar cells on the moon?

Disclaimer: I have no formal training in any scientific field. Have we located any material suitable for solar panels already on the moon? Or does it appear that they would have be imported?
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Direction of major axis of moon's orbit

Does the major axis of the moon's orbit point in the same direction (with small deviations) throughout the year? or does it migrate along a path so that after a million years it might be 90° away from ...
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Why are tides high only on a full moon day?

As far as I've known, sea tides are higher on a Full moon day. And that is due to the "gravitational pull" of the moon. But we know that moon is visible because of reflection of sun's rays. So, even ...
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Observed lunar distance data?

Where can I find free/open data for the observed (not calculated/theoretical) distance between the Earth & Moon? I want to see the observed distance of the Moon, hour by hour.
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Why do some solar eclipses' umbra cross arctic/antarctic regions?

The ecliptic (Earth's orbital plane) is inclined 23.4 degrees. This is the same as Earth's axial tilt. The Moon's orbit is inclined 5.145 degrees to the ecliptic. Therefore, the maximum latitude ...
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When the moon eclipses the sun what direction is darkened first: left or right?

I saw the question and answer for the explanation of the direction of the moon's eclipse from left to right, but what about the direction of the moon as it passes over or between Earth and the sun? ...
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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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Could an asteroid knock the moon out of its orbit?

As describe in this CNN article, an asteroid is going to pass near the Earth on Halloween. The article says that As it misses Earth by about 300,000 miles (slightly farther away than the moon), ...
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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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