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hidden dark side

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The dark side of the moonis just called that because it is not visible from Earth. The Moon rotates around its axis in about the same time it takes to orbit Earth (= synchronous rotation). That's why we always see the same side. The Moon used to rotate at a faster rate, but its rotation slowed and became tidally locked in this orientation. It was only 1959 when a Russian probe called Lunik 3 was able to photograph the far side of the Moon – discovering it’s actually lighter than the near side, because it lacks the dark plains we’ve grown accustomed to see.
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LauraQuilesHobbyist Traditional Artist
These are really charming. Now that a second moon orbiting the earth has been discovered, you should do one...a welcome to the family, perhaps.
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greyfinProfessional Traditional Artist
I'm not quite sure, but wasn't there a lot of micromoons orbiting earth and they just found a rather big rock that got captured? As far as scientists know it might get lost again somewhere down the road.
But you just gave me an idea about collecting needless stuff... ;)
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LauraQuilesHobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe...cool 😄