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Question #27354 posted on 10/05/2002 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board (Pink Floyd Fan),

[re: Board Question #27542]

You answered my question about never seeing the dark side of the moon. But is it just coincidence that both its axis rotation and orbit time are 27.3 days? Seems a bit odd.

-Gary Blackburn

A: Dear Gary,

When the moon was designed during Day 4 of the creation, Steve, the ministering angel in charge of entering the moon's paperwork into the computer, accidentally entered 27.3 for both the period of rotation and the orbit time. By the time the mistake was noticed, the project was already running behind schedule, so they decided to leave it that way. Later, this engineering oversight had the serendipitous effect of providing the Ten Tribes a nicely out-of-the-way place to lose themselves in.

Roger Miller
Assistant Engineer
World 091843A-6984 Project
Large Planetary Satellite Division
Celestial Creation Committee
posted on 10/12/2002 midnight
Dear Gary Blackburn,

[re: Board Question #27354]

The rotation and orbit times for the Moon are the same because it is "tidal locked" to the Earth. In other words, the heaviest part of the Moon, the maria (ancient lava flows), are attracted to the Earth more than the lighter highlands. Because most of the maria are on one side, that side is attracted to the Earth and is "locked" to us.

-Knut the amateur astronomer
posted on 10/12/2002 midnight
Dear 100 Hour Board,

[re: Board Question #27354]

As entertaining as your answer was to why both the rotation and the orbit of the moon are 27.3 days, there is a non-coincidental explanation. The moon is not a perfectly spherical, homogenous rock. Its uneven density and shape cause one side to stay closer to the earth, where the gravitational pull is stronger.