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The Moon's Anomalies

Updated on July 6, 2013

The Moon

The only face of the moon we see
The only face of the moon we see | Source

The Sun Blocked by the Moon

An actual photo of the moon and the sun's corona during an eclipse.
An actual photo of the moon and the sun's corona during an eclipse. | Source

The Moon

The Moon: an object we all see almost every night. But how much about the moon do we really know? There are many unexplainable mysteries that encompass the moon, that have baffled scientists and astronomers for years.

The Moon's Orbit
The most visible unexplained moon anomaly is its orbit. It is the only moon in the entire solar system that orbits around its planet (Earth, in this case) at the exact same rate that the planet rotates. This is why we have only ever witnessed by eye one side of the moon. It is also the only moon that orbits its planet in a nearly circular orbit. There is very little variation, and all other moons orbit their home planets an an elliptical fashion.

The Moon and The Sun
Another hugely overlooked anomaly has to do with the size of the moon, and its distance from planet earth. It is again, the only moon in the solar system, that is at exactly the right distance from its planet to entirely (and extremely precisely) block out the Sun during an eclipse.

Another extraordinary thing that the Sun and the Moon do, is set and rise at the exact same place on the horizon, only at opposite solstices. For example, when the sun rises on the day of the summer solstice, the moon is rising at the point where the sun would on the winter solstice, and vice versa. We can say they play a cat-and-mouse chase game on the horizon throughout the year.

The Moon's Age
While many of us in school were taught the theory that the moon is a chunk of Earth that was extracted by planetary collision, and is now caught in our orbit, scientists have now known for some time that the moon is actually older than the earth is estimated to be. The moon was clearly formed before the earth was, but an object as massive as the moon could not of been intercepted into an orbit by a planet the size of Earth, so where did the moon come from?

Why Didn't We Go Back To The Moon?

The first landing on the moon in 1969 was an astounding achievement, and is easily still one of the biggest space feat ever accomplished. So why did we stop going to the moon in 1972? I am by no means here arguing the fact that we really did land on the moon, but why did NASA abandon their interest all of a sudden?

Where do you think the moon came from?

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      Kris 4 years ago from California

      That may have been the easy answer for them, but they immediately gained interest in Mars and even Venus after the moon missions stopped, so the money and vision had to have been there.

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      The reasons we have no returned to the moon: Money and lack of vision of national leaders---including several presidents AND lack of vision of the American people.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Kris

      Very interesting read on the moon. Nice job and it is curious why NASA seems to have little interest to return.

      Have a great day.