The moons lack of rotation.

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posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:09 PM
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Can anyone tell me why the moon doesnt rotate?


 

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posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:11 PM
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It does rotate. It just takes 24 hours to do it so we always see the same face.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:11 PM
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Only a guess but the much higher gravity of the earth?



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:12 PM
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Thats a nice little coincidence there



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:12 PM
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Originally posted by Terminal1
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It does rotate. It just takes 24 hours to do it so we always see the same face.


So it rotates at the exact speed as us?


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posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:15 PM
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It's called tidal lock. It doesn't rotate at the same speed as the Earth does, it rotates once per month, the time it takes the Moon to orbit.
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posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:15 PM
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Yes, the moon does rotate.

This article is pretty thorough, it seems.



The Moon does rotate. If you stood on the Moon, the stars would rise and set, just like they do on Earth, except that a lunar day is a month long, the same as the Moon's orbital period. The Moon rotates at just the right speed so that it always keeps one face pointed toward the Earth, which seems like a pretty big coincidence, doesn't it?

Your question is very interesting because the answer is that, no, the Moon is not unique. Almost all moons in the Solar System keep one face pointed toward their planet. (The only exception we know of is Hyperion, a moon of Saturn.) This tells us it's probably not a coincidence, that there is probably a reason for this to happen, a physical process that happens to most moons to slow their rotation.


Full Article / Source - Astro.Cornell.edu



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:16 PM
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Yes. If it didn't rotate then we would get to see all of the moon from the Earth. Even those Russian Towers on the backside.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:16 PM
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Yes. If it didn't rotate then we would get to see all of the moon from the Earth. Even those Russian Towers on the backside.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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It does rotate. It just takes 24 hours to do it so we always see the same face.

Actually, it takes 28 days.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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Originally posted by Sinny
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Thats a nice little coincidence there


Yes... that and the way the moon "rang like a bell (sorta)" when a command module was slammed into it back in the day gave rise to the alien satellite conspiracy.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:17 PM
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Originally posted by QUANTUMGR4V17Y
Yes, the moon does rotate.

This article is pretty thorough, it seems.



The Moon does rotate. If you stood on the Moon, the stars would rise and set, just like they do on Earth, except that a lunar day is a month long, the same as the Moon's orbital period. The Moon rotates at just the right speed so that it always keeps one face pointed toward the Earth, which seems like a pretty big coincidence, doesn't it?

Your question is very interesting because the answer is that, no, the Moon is not unique. Almost all moons in the Solar System keep one face pointed toward their planet. (The only exception we know of is Hyperion, a moon of Saturn.) This tells us it's probably not a coincidence, that there is probably a reason for this to happen, a physical process that happens to most moons to slow their rotation.


Full Article / Source - Astro.Cornell.edu


Answered my question and explained the answer perfectly thanks!



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:18 PM
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I'm glad I learn something interesting today. I didn't know the moon and earth rotates at the same right. I mean, I always wondered why I seen the same face on the moon without ever seeing what's on the other side. How does anyone know what's on the other side seriously? Alien moon bases and such threads have been popping up lately which makes it seems plausible don't you think?

Interesting lesson no doubt.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:18 PM
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The moond does rotate silly. It just rotates at the same speed relative to its orbit around earth. This is a result of being tidally lock to the earth. Tidal lock comes from gravity, gravity is the culprit.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:18 PM
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Originally posted by Phage
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It does rotate. It just takes 24 hours to do it so we always see the same face.

Actually, it takes 28 days.


That is an orbit. Not rotation.

EDIT: Im wrong
thanks lol
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posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:19 PM
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The Moon's rate of rotation matches its orbital period. That it why it shows one face to Earth.



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:20 PM
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Here is a good video with what is happening visually.




posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:20 PM
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Originally posted by Phage
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The Moon's rate of rotation matches its orbital period. That it why it shows one face to Earth.


Ahhhh that makes sense :-)



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:21 PM
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Shhh it is kept like that so we don't see the Alien bases on the otherside...



posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 05:23 PM
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Originally posted by abeverage
Shhh it is kept like that so we don't see the Alien bases on the otherside...


Everything is "made" so perfect in the universe. :-)





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