posted on May, 15 2005 @ 02:37 AM
Originally posted by TruthCanHurt
If this is supposed to be the DARK side of the moon why is it so well lit?
If you want to consider that the moon has "sides" then there is the
side facing the earth and the side facing away from the earth.
These are often called the near side and the far side.
(its a mystery why the Earth and Moon are so precisely in sync)
Both of these sides get fully lit eventually. Haven't you noticed the phases
of the moon. Don't you think that somewhere on the moon a full circle
is always lit? During a "new moon" the near side is not lit at all, that must
mean that the far side is fully lit.
Err, the moon actually has synchronous rotation with Earth. This means that the same face, (or if you prefer, the same side) of the moon is always
facing us. The 'dark' side (which actually refers to it's obscured nature rather than the lack of light) of the moon, never faces Earth.
It's a common enough occurrence in the Solar System (and one could easily imagine, throughout the universe too).
has a clear explanation of tidal locking ...
The phases of the moon, are due to the positions of the Sun, Earth and the Moon, nothing more than that.
page sets it out.
If there is something on that side of the moon we'd only see it from that
side of the moon, whilst out in space.
Personally, I'd say these were rendering artefacts, where a composite image has been put together, either data dropout, and interpolated, or just
'best guess' on the part of the hardware that rendered them. If it was a cover-up it's an exceptionally bad one. I doubt that it's a misinfo
campaign either - would you not put stuff into the pictures that hinted at more being there ?
[edit for sp].
[edit on 15-5-2005 by 0951]