Today, the net result is that the moon spins counterclockwise on its axis, and the moon also orbits Earth in a counterclockwise fashion, and it does so almost perfectly in sync. On average, according to Wolfram Alpha a computational search or "knowledge" engine for nerds and NASA , one lunar rotation takes 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, and 40 seconds.
This is exactly the same amount of time it takes the moon to orbit our planet. If the moon did not rotate on its axis, we'd see the full far side once about every 30 days. That's not to say there is no such thing as the moon's dark side, though you'd have to accept that it's always moving.
It works out that the average length of a month lasts 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2. This time span is a couple of days longer than the moon's sidereal day, or time it takes to rotate once, because the moon-Earth system orbits the sun. This celestial dance and the angle of sunlight makes the average lunar night last for about 14 days, 18 hours, 22 minutes, and 1 second at any given point on the moon.
In short: The dark side of the moon is the half not illuminated by the sun, and that dark patch is constantly creeping around the world, just as it happens on Earth. Except instead of taking about 24 hours to complete one lap, the dark phase takes about 30 days.
Here's the agency's sped-up animation of one month as seen from the moon's far side:. We see a new moon when the dark side faces Earth, and a full moon when the dark side covers the far side. So if you want to shout "China is on the dark side of the moon!
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March by Harvest Records. Primarily developed. For other uses, see Dark side of the Moon. hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth. Far side of the Moon, photographed by Apollo The far side of the Moon is the hemisphere of the Moon that always faces away from Earth.
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