From: Terry Blanton <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 09:38:52 -0400 Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 18:44:01 -0400 Subject: Re: Moon Rotation >Date: Wed, 07 Apr 1999 15:24:24 -0700 >From: Skye Turell <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: Silver Veils, Techno-babble, And Delusion >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. You must have gotten that from those Dick Tracy comics. Chester Gould placed the moon base half way between the daylight and dark sides to avoid the temperature extremes. Unfortunately, Mr. Gould, too, was in error. In reality, the orbital and rotational periods of Luna are identical. Consequently, the same side of the moon always faces the Earth. You know this, Skye, because the aliens planned it that way so they could put their bases on the side unobservable from the Earth. ;-) Quoting from: http://www.encyclopedia.com/articles/08733.html moon the single natural SATELLITE of the earth. The lunar orbit is elliptical, and the average distance of the moon from the earth is about 240,000 mi (385,000 km). The moon's orbital period around the earth, and also its rotation period, is 27.322 days. The true angular size of the moon's diameter is about 1/2=B0, which also happens to be the sun's apparent diameter. This coincidence makes possible total solar ECLIPSES. . . While gravitational forces can explain the identical orbital and rotational periods, the real anomaly is that the moon perfectly eclipses the sun. I wonder why the aliens did that, eh? Regards, Terry "There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark."
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