posted on Sep, 10 2012 @ 01:14 PM
Originally posted by youwillneverknow
As the OP I didnt think I would start such an extensive discussion because of my lack of knowledge - you guys are brilliant.
Ha ha! There is no such thing as a subject on ATS that is immune to extensive discussion.
We can discuss the crap about any given topic.
Basically, my answers to your original question in a nutshell:
- The Moon DOES rotate once every revolution around the Earth (which admittedly does "hide" that rotation, in a way).
- The Moon does this because it is tidally locked to the earth, which means the same side of the moon is always facing the earth throughout the
- This tidal locking is not unique to our Moon. There are over 30 other moons in our solar system that also do this (that are also in tidal lock with
its parent planet): The four main Moons of Jupiter -- Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, plus four others; some of the major moons of Saturn --
Titan, Enceladus, Mimas, Rhea, Iapetus, and several others; both moons of Mars; five moons of Uranus; two moons of Neptune; plus other Moons.
- There are also other planets orbiting other stars that we think are tidally locked to their star, so the time it takes them to revolve around their
star is the same amount of time it takes to rotate once.
edit on 9/10/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)