Originally posted by Stewie
reply to post by spacekc929
I think we are hung up on the definition of "rotate".
is the moon spinning? In my kite analogy, the kite is not spinning.
If it is easier to imagine, think of a regular kite. You walk around the globe and you always see the bottom of the kite, right?
Now, the kite is not spinning, right? But, you say it is "rotating", right?
It is orbiting at a distance where it appears exactly the same size as the sun. Extraordinary. It can perfectly eclipse the sun. Extraordinary. It
"rotates" at precisely the speed necessary to keep the same side facing the earth. Extraordinary. It has a near perfect circular orbit.
That is all I am saying.
You must say thanks because im very bored so i make a drawing in ms paint lol.
You will see, this is the drawing.
The kite is the line, the circle is the planet, the blue square is you and the little red dot in the kite is the axis.
In the first case, you start walking in the position in the right, the one in the middle, the kite is frozen, is not spinning, so you start walking
but because the axis is not spinning, when you start walking around the earth you wont see the same side of the kite.
In the second case, you start from the same position, you always see the same side of the kite, but if you see the kite is spinning over his axis, is
changing, rotating, is not frozen, so you will always see the same side because he spin with you.
Is very easy to understand.