Why do we only see one side of the Moon?

Dr. John Reizer

One of our readers asked me to explain why we only see one side of the Earth’s Moon. The person asked why the Moon is stationary.

In answering the question to the best of my ability, I must rely on the information provided by NASA and officialdom which are sources we already know that repeatedly lie.

I think the reader was suggesting that maybe the Moon is flat and not a ball. Perhaps the reader believes that science’s explanation about why we only see one side of the Moon doesn’t make sense. Perhaps the person believes there is no other side to see — that it does not exist.

I am not sure what to think anymore because I don’t believe that the space program is legitimate.

Having written all of that, let me give you the mainstream explanation of why we only see one side of our Moon.

The Moon is not stationary. It orbits the Earth and spins on its axis, but it does so at a rate of spin and revolution that matches the Earth’s movements so that the same face of the Moon is always visible to the people of Earth.

This phenomenon is called Tidal Lock. According to Wikipedia, “Tidal locking between a pair of co-orbiting astronomical bodies occurs when one of the objects reaches a state where there is no longer any net change in its rotation rate over the course of a complete orbit. In the case where a tidally locked body possesses synchronous rotation, the object takes just as long to rotate around its own axis as it does to revolve around its partner. For example, the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth, although there is some variability because the Moon’s orbit is not perfectly circular. Usually, only the satellite is tidally locked to the larger body.[1] However, if both the difference in mass between the two bodies and the distance between them are relatively small, each may be tidally locked to the other; this is the case for Pluto and Charon. Alternative names for the tidal locking process are gravitational locking,[2] captured rotation, and spin–orbit locking.

Tidal Locking of the Moon

I hope that this explanation makes sense because it confused the heck out of me. When I was writing my novella, False Memory, a few years ago, I studied the subject of tidal lock for an entire weekend because I needed to incorporate the logic of the accepted science into the story’s narrative.

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9 thoughts on “Why do we only see one side of the Moon?

  1. Kenneth T. November 8, 2022 / 9:22 pm

    We all live in the Matrix.
    Imagine the computing power that is saved by showing only one side of the moon.

    Hmmm… perhaps using the word “live” is not correct

    ~Kenneth

    • lhakes12 November 8, 2022 / 10:32 pm

      Haha, Kenneth, you are always full of witty and fun comments! It’s refreshing! 🙂

      Lisa

  2. lhakes12 November 8, 2022 / 10:29 pm

    John, what research you have done for some of your novels to make them a unique experience for the reader. I am sure that you have spent a great deal of time to get everything exactly as you wanted it for each one. And you always succeed with your efforts to make it something special! 🙂
    And that reminds me. There is only a couple of more hours left to download The Blue Marble for free from Amazon.
    Although it’s never too late to buy it. A mere 99 cents to pay is pocket change!
    Lisa

    • Dr. John Reizer November 8, 2022 / 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! 👍🙂

      When writing a novel, I try to research as much as possible about the topics that come up in the different stories. I get to learn many new things.

      When I wrote the novella, Frequency, I tried to read all I could about radio telescopes. Life is a continuous learning experience, and writing allows me the opportunity to discover new things.

      John

  3. Kenneth T. November 9, 2022 / 10:13 pm

    … “However, if as well as the rest of the universe, the Earth/Moon relationship is also governed by electromagnetism, this would explain why one face of the Moon is permanently presented towards the Earth and electromagnetism would also explain how the Moon affects the Earth’s ocean tidal systems.”
    title: The Falsification Of Science
    author: John Hamer

  4. kripton November 21, 2022 / 6:45 am

    Haha let me be open to you the sun and the moon are of the same size and the sun and the moon are discs, thats why the moon is always seen one side, only that the other is brighter than the other.

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