posted on Sep, 5 2012 @ 12:08 PM
There is a very simple way that everybody here can prove to themselves once and for all that the moon does indeed rotate as some here have suggested -
and it is not complicated.
1. Get 2 balls (oranges / basketballs etc etc).
2. Mark one of them with an "X" - (this mark will be that part of the moon we always see)
3. Place them at a distance of about 0.5m apart on a table.
4. Now, move the ball marked with the X around the stationary ball ENSURING that the X is always facing the stationary ball.
In order to keep the X facing the stationary ball you are rotating the ball marked with an X - that ball being your
This actually verifies that if it didn't rotate, we would eventually see all of the Moon as it orbited the Earth.
From the perspective of celestial and coastal navigation, using the moon is quite challenging, there are quite a few additional attributes that need
to be considered, some being:
1. Moons elliptical orbit
2. Earths rotation
3. Due to the lunar orbit the moon shifts Eastwards 13 degrees daily, consequently creating:-
4. Semi-diurnal tidal pattern repeating itself every 24hrs and 52 minutes - net effect being tide times move back about an hour a day
5.The latitude on the Earth that the moon is overhead varies about 25 degrees either side of the equator during the lunar month.
Just to name a few....................
Captain - Merchant Navy
(Oil & Gas sector)
edit on 5-9-2012 by Sublimecraft because: (no reason given)