Why Does the Same Side of the Moon Always Face the Earth?

Answer The same side of the Moon always faces the Earth. The "dark side" is not actually dark — it gets cycles of day and night just like most places on Earth — the "far side" is a more correct term... Read More »

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In one of your answers, you said that the "water on the earth's surface swells up into two bulges: one on the side of the earth nearest the moon and one on the side farthest from the moon." Can you explain why the water bulges up on the side farthest?

To understand the two bulges, imagine three objects: the earth, a ball of water on the side of the earth nearest the moon, and a ball of water on the side of the earth farthest from the moon. Now p... Read More »

Your answer to question #1393 is fine for the hypothetical case of the earth orbiting around the moon, but I don't see how it works for the real case where the moon orbits the earth. What is the real reason for the tides — DM?

There is nothing hypothetical about the earth orbiting the moon; it's as real as the moon orbiting the earth. The earth and the moon are simply two huge balls in otherwise empty space and though th... Read More »

If you lived on the moon, would it be easier to adapt to living with the moon's gravity, or to create an artificial environment with the gravity of earth — MK, Orlando, FL?

Building an environment that made you feel what appeared to be the earth's gravity would be a substantial undertaking. The only way to simulate gravity is through acceleration and the only way to m... Read More »

How Does the Earth Sun Moon Work Together?

The moon orbits around the earth and the earth around the sun around its own orbit. The three objects work together, to bring about high and low tides, by means of gravitational force.