I admit it, I was wrong.
I have started several threads and posted in others concerning changes in the Moon's appearance. It began about two years ago when I saw the Moon lit
from the bottom, as I searched the web for answers it was clear there were thousands of other people who had the same question.
A lot of folks who know more than I do about astronomy made some pretty good points as they argued against any possible changes in the Moon's orbit.
The only one I had a problem with was "if something was wrong it would be on every astronomy blog and news site" since I was pretty sure there was a
gag order or cover up. Once again, I was wrong.
As I studied astronomy, made models of the solar system and visited the library and book stores, it became more difficult to explain the Moon being
lit from below without drastic changes in the entire Sun, Earth, Moon system. The one hole I found was the lack of data and study on the daily
position of Lunar phase and features. It seems our only instruments were Lunar laser ranging reflectors placed during the Apollo program, some have
been added since, but they still need to calibrate them. We know how far away the Moon is but if it rotates 5 degrees it would be difficult to
No, it turns out the Moon is just fine, it's THE EARTH that's FUBAR!!!!
Earthshine is the "ghostly" reflection of sunlight from the Earth to the Moon, it causes the Moon phase to be lit from the bottom just like I saw
two years ago. I found out about that phenomenon early on but dismissed it as it didn't match the intensity of the reflected light as I saw it, also,
it didn't happen as frequently as what I was observing. Once again, I was wrong, it WAS Earthshine, but it was Earthshine on steroids.
I found part of the answer on top of a mountain in Hawaii, there is a telescope there placed by the NOAA (yes, NOAA not NASA) to study Earthshine. The
NOAA runs the program because it is Earth's reflective properties that are lighting up the Moon like a Budweiser sign in a tavern _ Here is the
link to that site.........
They are studying Earthshine because it is an indicator of climate change, as Earth's surface changes so does it's reflective properties. Saltwater
has different properties than fresh water, sand has different properties than grass etc. Cloud cover, ocean currents, ice melt and almost every other
component have a dramatic effect on Earth's albedo aka. bond albedo.
There you have it,
1. The Moon hasn't changed position but an increase in reflected solar radiation from Earth WILL change it pretty quickly, nobody knows what this
means or how to stop it.
2. DRAMATIC changes in and on the surface of the Earth have increased the reflective properties of the surface to such an extent it has changed the
appearance of the Moon from an Earth based observers perspective. Nothing like this has happened on this scale in recorded history.
3. The speed of these changes far outweighs our ability to understand and find solutions to the problem. This freight train is heading swiftly down
I don't like to admit when I'm wrong, but I will NEVER avoid doing so when appropriate. Unlike the initial mystery where it was mostly grey area
this one is black and white, the proof is there, the research is ongoing and the solution is nowhere in sight. Prepare for severe weather conditions.