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What Would We See If The Moon Rotated Every 24 Hours?

21 Jan 2018, 17:58 UTC
What Would We See If The Moon Rotated Every 24 Hours? NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

The Earth rotates around its own axis once every twenty-four hours. The Moon, on the other hand, rotates once around its own axis every 28 days, and once around the Earth in that same 28 days. The end result of this combination is that the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth. As the Moon moves to be directly above a different portion of the earth, its face also turns at exactly the same rate, so that only one hemisphere of the Moon is ever visible from our home here.

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