What is the closest celestial body to our earth?
Together with the Moon, Venus and Mars are the planets nearest to the Earth. All of these celestial bodies are continuously held captive to the sun by the effect of gravity; the bodies are continually forced to orbit the sun as the central body in elliptical orbits.
Why can we only see 59 of the moon?
One side of the moon always faces Earth. Even so, over time, it’s possible to see as much as 59% of the moon’s surface, due to lunar libration. Lunar libration lets us see more than 50% of the moon. One half of the moon always faces Earth, and one half always points away.
Why we always see the same face of the moon?
“The moon keeps the same face pointing towards the Earth because its rate of spin is tidally locked so that it is synchronized with its rate of revolution (the time needed to complete one orbit). In other words, the moon rotates exactly once every time it circles the Earth.
Why don’t we see the moon at all?
At new moon, the Moon is lined up between the Earth and the Sun. We see the side of the Moon that is not being lit by the Sun (in other words, we see no Moon at all, because the brightness of the Sun outshines the dim Moon!)
Why does the moon shine only at night?
The moon orbits around the earth. When the moon’s orbit put it in direct forward facing towards the earth, it reflects a larger amount of light, thus making it shiny. This is mostly during a full moon night, when the moon is so bright that it outs fainter objects at bay.
What does it mean when the moon is waxing or waning?
The Moon ‘waxes’ during the phase from New Moon to Full Moon – the illuminated area increases in size every day. The Moon ‘wanes’ during the phase between the Full Moon and the next New Moon. Every night the illuminated area becomes smaller.
What is a black full moon?
A black moon refers to a second new moon that occurs within a single calendar month. This phenomenon can only occur when the first new moon in a month takes place early enough so that the second new moon occurs within the same calendar month. A “blue moon” is the second full moons in a month that has two full moons.