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Re: Moon Rotation [was: Silver Veils,

From: Brian Cuthbertson <brianc@freeside.fc.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 22:54:13 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 16:07:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Moon Rotation [was: Silver Veils,


>Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 15:24:24 -0700
>From: Skye Turell <mindtrekker@mindspring.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Silver Veils, Techno-babble, And Delusion

>>Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 10:28:35 -0400
>>From: Terry Blanton <commengr@bellsouth.net>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>>Subject: Re: Silver Veils, Techno-babble, And Delusion

>>Let me first say that I am not a fan of RAMS. Indeed, I am sure
>>that the moon rotates on its axis

>The moon does _not_ rotate on its axis. The dark side is always
>dark and the light side is always light. This is one of many
>anomalies about the moon.

Close but no cigar. The moon _does_ rotate on its axis, at a
rate of once per lunar month. The result is that the moon keeps
the same face pointed at the earth the entire time.

Consider the following mental visual aid ...

At full moon, the moon's earth-side face is bright, bathed in
sunlite. That's because at full moon, the earth-side face of the
moon is facing _toward_ the Sun.

Come new moon, that same earth-side face of the moon is dark.
That's because the moon's earth-side face is now facing _away_
from the Sun.

So in going from full to new moon, the moon's earth-side face
rotates from facing _toward_ the Sun to facing _away_ from the
Sun. Voila! The moon has rotated 180 degrees on its axis with
respect to the Sun. And that's the same way we define the
earth's rotation. Right?

Simple enough if you think about it ... just a matter of proper
perspective.

-Brian Cuthbertson
 Austin Astronomical Society

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