Dark Side of the Moon – level 3

27-12-2017 07:00

Observers on Earth can only see one side of the moon because it is tidally locked to our planet, which means that its orbital period is the same as its rotation around its axis.

The side which is never visible from Earth is called the dark side of the moon, and recently a camera captured it aboard a NASA satellite. The images show the moon moving across the Pacific Ocean towards North America.

However, this was not the first time that humankind could see the dark side, as there were pictures of it back in 1959 during a Soviet mission.

Difficult words: observer (a person who observes – watches something), tidal lock (when a side of a moon or a planet always faces another moon or planet), orbital (relating to orbit – the regularly repeated elliptical course of an object), axis (an imaginary line about which something rotates), Soviet (the name for Russian’s government during Communism).

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