From: Bruce Maccabee <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 21:44:05 -0500 Fwd Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 15:54:11 -0500 Subject: Re: Military Ability to Detect & Identify UFOs >Date: Sat, 02 Jan 1999 18:39:33 -0600 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >From: Michael Christol <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: Military Ability to Detect & Identify UFOs >>From: Farley Scott <SCOTTF@HughesLuce.com> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>Subject: Re: Military Ability to Detect & Identify UFOs >>Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 14:07:26 -0600 >>Others have already pointed out his bogus information such as >>where he states that the moon does not rotate about its own >>axis. This guy is supposed to be knowledgeable in celestial >>mechanics? >>Just my opinion. >>Farley Scott >Dallas, TX >What? What! Where did you or anyone else get the idea that the >moon rotates on it's axis? The moon rotates around the earth, >keeping the same face to us at all times. It does not rotate as >the earth rotates... >Otherwise there would be no "backside" of the moon which is >"unseen" by astronomers or the average person.> >I seem to have missed something here...I can't believe that >people think the moon rotates through a cycle ever so many >hours...If it did, then we would see its other faces...> Rotation or non-rotation depends upon your point of view. For a person on th earth a thousand years ago the accepted point of view was that th earth was flat and certainly did not move (otherwise we would feel the motion!). Everything else moved (relative to the stationary earth). The Copernicus (and others) advocated the sun as "stationary" and the earth going around it. This can only be "seen", however, from the point of view of the distant ("fixed"....but they are moving) stars. Now, from the point of view of an observer stationary with respect to the fixed stars, who is positioned far above the orbital plane of the solar system, and said observer looking down at the north pole of the earth, then the earth rotatesabou its axis once every 24 hours. The moon orbits around the earth AND..it turns (about its own axis) slowly as it orbits such that one "face" of the moon continually points toward the earth. Thus the fact that we see only the "man in the moon" side of the moon translates to one rotation about its axis every 28 days (about) with respect to the distant stars.
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