The Moon is beautiful

Australian checking in, your animation is upside down :)
https://i.imgur.com/9CxKDDN.jpg

Australian checking in, your animation is upside down :)

What a lot of people don't know is that some of those craters on the moon's surface were not caused by meteor strikes. Many are simply just discoloration and blemishes that occur naturally with the aging process.

As someone from the Northern Hemisphere, I can't believe I've never thought of this before. Of course it would be upside down, but it's still kind of blowing my mind.

No kidding. I'm still dealing with the fact that Christmas in Australia happens in the summer.

Sometimes I like to think it is a Black and White photo of a Planet-wide city with all of its lights shining.

If you look at a point from left to right in the middle it looks like youre looking into a sphere. Try hard and youll see it

Australia is the upsidedown

Theory is, the face of the moon that got tidal locked with Earth resulted in a softer crust so lava flowed while the other (far) side has a thicker crust.

I'll try to find the post where they talked about this.

edit here you go https://www.reddit.com/sub/askscience/comments/7uzfdu/why_does_the_far_side_of_the_moon_look_so/?...

Yet they still have a warmly packed Santa and snowflake decorations. It's hilarious.

i'm happy it's locked with the busy side facing us and not with the there-is-nothing-to-see-here-side.

What I was most curious about is why it looks so much smoother (or at least less discoloured) on the other side of the moon?

So you're basically saying the stress of the Earth caused that side of the moon to break out?

Well, do you really want to see Santa half-naked in a bathing suit?

Definitely getting a Coruscant vibe.

It’s busy because it’s facing us.

What, really? They embrace the snow themed christmas? That's pretty neat and fascinating.

With their eyes

Moon is a teenager confirmed!

Maybe I’m into that 😏

Indonesian checking in, here in equator we see two moons

Yep. I noticed it while watching Lord of the Rings. At first I thought it was not our moon (Middle Earth moon), then noticed it was our moon but upside down. I had to draw a little diagram to convince myself that in the Southern hemisphere people are literally "upside down" and see the moon the other way.

Who made this?? How? OP you have a link to the source?

I like how it really gives you the feeling of the moon being a 3-dimensional sphere, not just a flat disc in the sky.

Something looks subtly but critically wrong to me. I guess it was stitched together from individual pictures and it doesn't quite match up to the actual shape? There seems to be some shifting or so.

That's amazing!! Trippy af

How do I make this a live wallpaper for my pixel.

It’s because there aren’t any shadows. All images stitched are taken from the same angle with the same lighting, hence, it looks trippy

Here's a video that helps explain.

Of course they aren't. In the southern hemisphere, your standing upside down relative to people in the northern!

It is a bit mind boggling.

and how do they see it near the equator?

I'm impressed that you took notice of the moon in the movie :O

If you like this then you will love this
Light sculpture of the moon at the Light Festival in Ghent right now, called Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram.

If you like this then you will love this at the Light Festival in Ghent right now, called Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram.

I thought it was due to the moon wars of the 1970s.

moon.nasa.gov has a pretty cool interactive moon model

Yeah imagine what a calendars from the Southern hemisphere looks like. December with sunshine and beach balls schemes.

Yea I remember when I just came to Australia my parents took me to a Christmas festival, and they had these fake snow machines everywhere haha

Isn't the appearance of the "busy side" the result of facing earth?

So are you from Indonesia or Ecuador? Make up your mind.

This is a theory, with a lot of backup, but not proven.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_Moon

Came to comment Coruscant! Nice one

Texan here, our Christmas also happens in the summer.

Presenting it in 3d is odd, since we all definitively know that the moon is a flat circular cheese slice. This rendering is obviously a fake and propaganda. /s

Actually it is. The dark patches on "our" side are ancient lava seas that would have filled up many of the craters that were already there before eventually solidifying into a refreshed layer of black rock - these dark areas are thus relatively smooth. The far side is lighter because it's been "powdered" into oblivion since it formed and no lava flows covered up any of the earlier impacts, this lighter area is more rough.

Found one

I want to see a comparison of it as you move from north to south.

Kind of.. it's weird to simplify it as that.

In Brazil as well, we have plastic Christmas tree with fake snow on it and everything. Besides that it's close to 40°C where I live during Christmas.

I KNEW there was something off there, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Thanks!

Brazilian checking in. Can confirm https://imgur.com/gallery/u55oV

Origin of the Moon

The origin of the Moon is usually thought to be that a Mars-sized body struck the Earth, making a debris ring that eventually collected into a single natural satellite, the Moon, but there are a number of variations on this giant-impact hypothesis, as well as alternate explanations, and research into how the Moon came to be continues. Other proposed scenarios include captured body, fission, formed together (condensation theory), planetesimal collisions (formed from asteroid-like bodies), and collision theories.

The standard giant-impact hypothesis suggests the Mars-sized body, called Theia, impacted Earth, creating a large debris ring around Earth, which then accreted to form the Moon. This collision also resulted in the 23.5° tilted axis of the earth, thus causing the seasons.

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The Moon, beautiful. The Sun, even more beautiful.

If you're wondering what the dark splotches are:

4 billion years ago, still hot from the heat of its formation, the Moon had a thin crust and a magma mantle underneath. The tidal pull of the Earth drew the magma closer to the surface on the side of the Moon closest to Earth. 

This meant that some large impacts on the near side were sufficiently powerful to 'puncture through' the crust. Volcanism was more common on the near side, flooding low-lying depressions with lava which then solidifed to make the black basalt lunar mares we know today. From the surface they look like flat, featureless plains.

The far side had a thicker crust, so there are less flood basalts and so it looks 'cleaner'.

If you're wondering what the dark splotches are:

4 billion years ago, still hot from the heat of its formation, the Moon had a thin crust and a magma mantle underneath. The tidal pull of the Earth drew the magma closer to the surface on the side of the Moon closest to Earth.

This meant that some large impacts on the near side were sufficiently powerful to 'puncture through' the crust. Volcanism was more common on the near side, flooding low-lying depressions with lava which then solidifed to make the black basalt lunar mares we know today. they look like flat, featureless plains.

The far side had a thicker crust, so there are less flood basalts and so it looks 'cleaner'.

Cannot unsee, but nice type of unsee! Also, i hope they have flying cars, otherwise, screw that planet-wide traffic

This is correct! It’s probably the “rightest” way inasmuch as we can see from Earth.

Those are cheese holes you dingus!

Damn, ctrl + F "wallpaper" got my hopes up.

I second this guy's request. It would be so soothing to have this spinning on my phone...

The land down under

In your defense, tgere is also an unofficial holiday in winter. Christmas is still Dec 25 in Australia, in the summertime, but there is also the unofficial Yulefest in winter because the traditions translate best to wintertime.

http://www.australiaplus.com/international/explore-and-experience/why-do-australians-celebrate-ch...

Where the women glow and men plunder

First time I could see the night sky in the southern hemisphere I was backpacking in the Andes. I got out of my tent to piss and my jaw dropped. Brain kept trying to process an upside down Big Dipper.

.... Owe.... My head..... What the FUCK is happening to me!!....

I think this might be show with an orthographic projection.

Double checked - it is. You can tell because every point on the sphere follows an exactly horizontal path.

You rarely see anything like this in real life. Also the lack of shadows doesn't help the realism.

The theory on that is when theia (A mars sized planet) Collided with earth, it threw alot of debris into space and it decreased in size massively, becoming the moon as we know it today, as the moon came into orbit it only faced earth in one direction as it rotated around the earth. As it was cooling all that debris started hitting the moon forming craters and valleys, and making it look like the moon as we know it today. Since the "Plain" side of the moon was constantly facing away from earth and all the debris it didnt take much impact, thus making it look more bland.

Tinsel! Christmas lights, all the usual stuff, some even spray that fake snow paint in the windows :) it's actually a nice little thing to imagine a cold winter landscape on a boiling hot 40 degrees celsius day! (100+ degrees Fahrenheit I think)

Santa still comes down the chimney, which makes MORE sense when there's no fire burning! And still has a sleigh which is okay because they're flying everywhere anyway :)

And even though most of us still gorge ourselves on a full roast with winter veggies, there is a fairly frequently observed Australian Christmas tradition of a lavish spread of fresh sea food for the Christmas meal, which I have to admit is more suited to the weather than a heavy meal of roast lamb/Turkey /beef /chicken... But im not a seafood fan and it just wouldn't be Christmas for me without a roast :D

When I moved from the northern to the southern hemisphere, it also took me a while to realize that the best and most sought after windows were the north-facing ones, not the south-facing ones.

This also means this amazing thing: of course, the sun still rises to the east and sets to the west everywhere on Earth. So when looking at the course of the sun throughout the day (say at the beach, sitting on a patio, or during sunset), in the northern hemipshere the sun will travel from "left" (east) to "right" (west). In the southern hemisphere it is the opposite! It was both amazing and disturbing when I realized it.

We have orbiters like the LRO that orbit around the Moon and can image the far side.

Now how does that work with the earth being flat and all?

It looks so weird like that.. and I appreciate you got a picture of the blood moon! It's a weird sight to see for the first time

But how can they see it with their eyes if the moon isn't real? (Am I doing this right?)

What was the fake snow made of? In Western Washington where the climate is too moderate for snow, we use soap suds

Sounds like Florida.

Right next to Uranus

Imagine we had the other side facing earth the whole time and we only discovered the vast swaths of discolouration after flying around to the other side.

Didn't you hear him? He's the Prime Rib of Micronesia

On its side?

For those that don't know what Tannerite is

So, poop in an outhouse then fill it with Tannerite and shoot it?

edit: why a car when I could show a house

Nothing is ever proven in science. That's the point-- lots of evidence may point to it, so we accept it as the most likely theory given these circumstances.

So many things are blown off as 'just a theory' when in fact, they are our 'best' theories.

Oh those Southern Hemisphere people think they're all so cool walking around upside down, speaking different languages. Well they sound like a bunch of jerks to me.

It's because it is flat! /s

https://youtu.be/6jJkdRaa04g

Known usually as "that song from Ferris Beuller", "Oh Yeah" by Yello has very few lyrics:

Oh yeah

The moon beautiful

The sun, even more beautiful

If you like that, this'll blow your mind. Due to the Coriolis force, if you take the drain stop out of an empty sink in Australia, water flows up into the sink.

I agree with you that nothing can be proven to a hundred percent. But in this case there is reachable, affordable data missing to achieve at least a 5sigma level.

Come to MN, my man. You'll learn the true meaning of SUPER cold!