What It Would Look Like If The Moon Orbited Earth As Close As The Space Station

October 16, 2013

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This is a video created by amateur astronomer and Youtuber Yetipc1 of what it would look like if the moon, which normally orbits earth at 384,400km (~238,855-miles), orbited earth at the same distance as the International Space Station, around 420km (260-miles). Apparently it would look huge. Of course that could never happen because the earth would suck the moon right into us and we'd go out like the dinosaurs. Or at least in my daydreams that's what happens. Plus I'm making out with a hottie when it all goes down.

Normally the Moon orbits much slower than the earth rotates so it rises in the east and sets in the west, however at 420km it orbits much faster, faster than the earth rotates underneath, therefore it will rise in the west and set in the east.


...The Moon would orbit very fast, somewhere between 130 mins and 90 mins. ...The time in the video is sped up. The moon would transverse the sky slower. Like 10 mins (rough guess)

Okay so apparently the moon COULD orbit the earth so close if it were going fast enough, but being so close would strip the atmosphere from earth, cause the ocean tides to destroy all land life, and all around make earth a shitty place to live. But that's all just speculation, I say we tractor beam that f***er and see what really happens.

Hit the jump for a video of a moon so close you feel like you could reach out and touch it.

Thanks to Ramblow, who wishes earth orbited the sun as close as the moon does earth.

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