Modern Science’s History of the Moon
The moon was formed ~4.5 billion years ago, about 30–50 million years after the origin of the Solar System, out of debris thrown into orbit by a massive collision between a smaller proto-Earth and another planetoid, about the size of Mars.
Initially the Moon spun much faster, but because it is not perfectly spherical and bulges out slightly at its equator, the orbit slowed down and eventually became tidally locked — keeping the same face toward the Earth. Bulges along the Earth-Moon line caused a torque, slowing the Moon spin, much the same way a figure skater gradually opens to decelerate a spin. When the Moon’s spin slowed enough to match its orbital rate, the bulge was in line with Earth, which is why we always see the same side of the Moon. In our solar system, almost all moons spin at the same rate as they orbit.
The Earth would be a very different place if the moon did not exist. Not only did the Earth slow down the Moon’s rotation, but the Moon is slowing down the rotation rate of the Earth. Since the moon’s formation, the Earth has been slowing its rotation due to the friction of the tides caused by the moon, and in reaction to this exchange of energy, the moon has been moving farther away from the Earth. In fact, at the time of the moon’s formation the Earth rotated much faster than it does today; a day on early Earth was only a few hours long. But the Moon, being small in relation to Earth, will take more than twice the age of the solar system to slow Earth’s spin rate to the Moon’s orbital rate.
“On Earth, we only see one side of the moon because the duration of its rotation is equal to the time it takes to orbit our planet.”
The Moon orbits Earth at a speed of 2,288 miles per hour (3,683 kilometers per hour). During this time it travels a distance of 1,423,000 miles (2,290,000 kilometers). The moon is 1079 miles at Equator and takes 27.321 days to complete one Moon day which equals 10 1/2 mph per single rotation.
According to astronomers, due to the relative slow rotational speed, the moon does not seem to be spinning but appears to observers from Earth to be keeping almost perfectly still.
Scientists call this “synchronous rotation”. (Space.com)
So we are told that the Moon is said to be in perfect synchronized rotation with Earth. The Earth is spinning at 1,000 mph per day (24,000 miles at the Equator/24 hours in a day) while the Moon is only spinning at 10.3 mph.
How does that work? The moon should be showing its back side for half of its 28 day rotation, or 14 days per month. The fact that the Earth is spinning 10X faster means we should be seeing all parts of the moon over the course of 28 days due to its slower rotation.
Yet that is not what science tells us is happening. They claim we see the same face because of SYNCHRONIZATION between the planets.
Huh? This makes no sense at all!!!
Schematic of the Earth–Moon system SHOWING the Moon rotating on nearly the same axis plane as the Earth. So the back side should be visible for nearly 14 days.
So let’s look at some of the explanations by NASA and others trying to explain this impossible phenomenon of pseudo physics and see if you can use slick video, pretty girls and confusing language to fool all:
The Moon is in synchronous rotation, meaning that it keeps the same face turned toward the Earth at all times. This synchronous rotation is only true on average, because the Moon’s orbit has a definite eccentricity. As a result, the angular velocity of the Moon varies as it moves around the Earth and hence is not always equal to the Moon’s rotational velocity. When the Moon is at its perigee, its rotation is slower than its orbital motion, and this allows us to see up to eight degrees of longitude of its eastern (right) far side. Conversely, when the Moon reaches its apogee, its rotation is faster than its orbital motion and this reveals eight degrees of longitude of its western (left) far side. This is referred to as longitudinal libration.
From Wiki describing the above. Does it look like it is rotating on its access to you or just turning back, then forth, then back again?
Wiki goes on:
2) “Because the lunar orbit is also inclined to the Earth’s ecliptic plane by 5.1°, the rotation axis of the Moon seems to rotate towards and away from us during one complete orbit. This is referred to as latitudinal libration.”
In other words the moon rotates every 28 days but because of it “latitudinal libartion” it appears to only oscillate back and forth and not spin to show us the back side.
Latitude: The measurement, in degrees, of a place’s distance north or south of the equator.
Libartion: (Though no such word found in major dictionary’s), Wiki defines it as: a perceived oscillating motion of orbiting bodies relative to each other, notably including the motion of the Moon relative to Earth
So they continue to say that the Moon is a perceived oscillation in back and forth action, though Moon in reality is rotating on its axis.
3) Synchronous Rotation of the Moon; Can you spot the glaring major untruths in these next two you tube videos?
a) Here Astrogirl explains why we always see the face of the Moon.
b) Next, from credit: http://www.nasa.gov. Hip music. smart attractive know-it-all gal and the one minute sound bite from NASA publications.
c) Did you spot the major flaws in both presentations?
1st video, Earth is not spinning at all as moon rotates.
2nd video, Earth rotates and moon rotates but green arrow never rotates. So they are showing you that you WOULD see all sides of the Moon. Just remove the green arrow, which is pointless to make the point, but needed for the decpetion…along with the hip music and cute know-it-all girl!
Or check out Universe Today as he explains gobbely-gook. While listening look at NASA’s image on the inset. it shows the Moon oscillating back and forth, not rotating. Mr. Fraser then shows the Earth is really rotating if we looked down from the North Pole but from anywhere else on Earth we cannot see the Dark Side. WTF?
“Our moon is the only celestial sphere that does not appear to be rotating on its axis” Space.com
WE WOULD SEE THE BACKSIDE IF IT ROTATED!
Do a simple observation. Look at the Moon. See it rise in the East and set in the West. See the same face of the Moon every single night it is visible. This is what the ancients said was true. The ancients build Pyramids of such great feat that we even today cannot figure out how they did it.
Yet science tells us the Moon rotates but we never see the back side of the Moon, yet it rotates.
You believe them or the ancients and your own lying eyes?
The moon is a challenging place for human survival and equipment. There is no free water (except for the possibility of water-ice at the lunar poles), essentially no atmosphere and pressures of a hard vacuum (<10-6 mm Hg). There are severe temperature fluctuations, lethal radiation and a fine lunar dust that is a concern for lunar base activities. The terrain of the moon consists of common earth features including craters, mountains, ridges, and plains. Volcanic activity has long since ceased. Micrometeoroid activity is very prevalent. There is some seismic activity due to moonquakes (the largest ever recorded was an earth equivalent magnitude of 4). The designer of any environmentally-exposed component, structure or system must be aware of all the environmental stressors, and account for their effects by translating the environmental conditions to requirements in the systems engineering process.
There are estimated to be roughly 300,000 craters wider than 1 km (0.6 mi) on the Moon’s near side alone and less than one dozen on Earth. The Moon is said to have come from the Earth, yet looks nothing like the Earth.
Our atmosphere is what is said to protect us from bombardment of comets and asteroids yet the Moon, void of atmosphere, has no protection shield form radiation.
Temperatures on the Moon vary from – 247F to plus 225 F.
Astornots are said to have performed hours of tasks on the moon, taking thousands of pictures and videos, driving the “moon buggy” and bringing back rock samples.
In such extreme weather no beings have ever survived and little equipment could perform all the while the astronots are incurring direct deadly solar radiation while spending sometimes hours on the moon surface.