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The only kind of lock in space with no key. Tidal locking is when one hemisphere of a revolving body constantly faces the object it rotates around, or as wikipedia says more jargon-y, “when the long-term interaction between a pair of co-orbiting astronomical bodiesdrives the rotation rates into a harmonic ratio with the orbital period. In the figure … Continue reading Tidal Locking → Continue reading → Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking so let’s get that out of the way. High tide would be a lot higher. Whenever the two moons are aligned on the same side of Earth, their combined gravitational pull would increase the tide significantly. This would probably push civilization further inland, as living near a coast or river … Continue reading What if the Earth had 2 moons → Continue reading → Continue reading
Tycho Brahe So this guy was cool. He was born December 14. 1546 in Denmark and died October 24th, 1601 in Prague. He had a fake nose He gave showed us that temporary celestial happenings like supernovae and comets do not in fact exist inside Earth’s atmostphere as previously thought, but actually beyond the Moon. … Continue reading Astronomy Is Old → Continue reading → Continue reading
Or something like that. Wow! On January 31st, 3 lunar events will coincide for the first time since March of 1866 resulting in the Moon appearing bigger, redder, and also bluer? This is what cool scientists call a “Super Blue Blood Moon.” When the Moon is at its perigee, the closest point to Earth in … Continue reading Super Blue Blood Moon Blue Snow Super Blood Blue → Continue reading → Continue reading