History UsefulNotes / TheMoon

2nd Dec '16 9:23:06 AM megarockman
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* The sixth mission of the Soviet campaign in the ''Yuri's Revenge'' expansion of ''VideoGame/RedAlert2'' has you chase the titular villain to the moon so that he can't set up shop there. The gameplay becomes somewhat different in the mission compared to normal - there is no ore to mine, for instance, and you can produce high-flying Cosmonauts (basically normally-Allied Rocketeers specific to this mission) from Soviet barracks.
14th Oct '16 3:39:01 PM LordGro
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8th Oct '16 3:45:54 PM AnotherGuy
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The moon's surface is covered in craters, caused by comet and asteroid impacts in the ancient (and, occasionally, recent) past. Each of those craters has a name, and most are named after scientists and philosophers. For instance, the great big crater with the huge white rays coming out of it in all directions is Tycho Crater, named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe Tycho Brahe]]. The moon's surface is also partially covered by "Seas" (''maria'' in [[AltumVidetur Latin]]), dark areas where ancient volcanoes spilled lava all over the place. Like the craters, each Sea has a name, but unlike the craters the Sea names are derived from things that sailors might be concerned about -- the Sea of Tranquility, the Sea of Rains, the Sea of Fecundity, etc..

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The moon's surface is covered in craters, caused by comet and asteroid impacts in the ancient (and, occasionally, recent) past. Each of those craters has a name, and most are named after scientists and philosophers. For instance, the great big crater with the huge white rays coming out of it in all directions is Tycho Crater, named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_Brahe Tycho Brahe]]. The moon's surface is also partially covered by "Seas" (''maria'' in [[AltumVidetur Latin]]), dark areas where ancient volcanoes spilled lava all over the place. Like the craters, each Sea has a name, but unlike the craters the Sea names are derived from things that sailors might be concerned about -- the Sea of Tranquility, the Sea of Rains, the Sea of Fecundity, etc..
etc. Another interesting note is that the Moon ''does'' have a thin atmosphere, called an "exosphere". It's visible when there's a new moon and the Moon shows off a sulfurous "tail".
18th Sep '16 5:34:01 PM JamesAustin
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18th Sep '16 5:33:49 PM JamesAustin
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{{UsefulNotes/Earth}}'s only--or at least, only significant--natural satellite. While it's referred to as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Moon]], it's called by its Roman name, '''Luna''', when differentiating it with the other satellites in the Solar System. It has been named Selene, Cynthia, and Diane by the Roman and Greek ancients as well. Of course, this is where the word "lunar" comes from, as well as the Greek prefix seleno- (e.g selenophobia, fear of the moon.)

It orbits our planet some 400,000 kilometers away, taking 27.3 days to go all the way around once. (Since the Earth will have moved some distance around {{UsefulNotes/the sun}} by the time the moon has orbited once, it takes a little longer--29.5 days total, to be precise--for the lunar light-cycle to get back around to the same phase it started in.) Tidal forces long ago caused the moon to lock in synchronous rotation with the Earth, so that the same side is always facing us.

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{{UsefulNotes/Earth}}'s UsefulNotes/{{Earth}}'s only--or at least, only significant--natural satellite. While it's referred to as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Moon]], it's called by its Roman name, '''Luna''', when differentiating it with the other satellites in the Solar System. It has been named Selene, Cynthia, and Diane by the Roman and Greek ancients as well. Of course, this is where the word "lunar" comes from, as well as the Greek prefix seleno- (e.g selenophobia, fear of the moon.)

It orbits our planet some 400,000 kilometers away, taking 27.3 days to go all the way around once. (Since the Earth will have moved some distance around {{UsefulNotes/the UsefulNotes/{{the sun}} by the time the moon has orbited once, it takes a little longer--29.5 days total, to be precise--for the lunar light-cycle to get back around to the same phase it started in.) Tidal forces long ago caused the moon to lock in synchronous rotation with the Earth, so that the same side is always facing us.
19th Aug '16 6:40:58 AM AnotherGuy
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{{UsefulNotes/Earth}}'s only--or at least, only significant--natural satellite. While it's referred to as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Moon]], it's referred to its Roman name, '''Luna''', when differentiating it with the other satellites in the Solar System. It has been named Selene, Cynthia, and Diane by the Roman and Greek ancients as well. Of course, this is where the word "lunar" comes from, as well as the Greek prefix seleno- (e.g selenophobia, fear of the moon.)

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{{UsefulNotes/Earth}}'s only--or at least, only significant--natural satellite. While it's referred to as [[SpellMyNameWithAThe the Moon]], it's referred to called by its Roman name, '''Luna''', when differentiating it with the other satellites in the Solar System. It has been named Selene, Cynthia, and Diane by the Roman and Greek ancients as well. Of course, this is where the word "lunar" comes from, as well as the Greek prefix seleno- (e.g selenophobia, fear of the moon.)
19th Aug '16 6:39:05 AM AnotherGuy
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Currently, our best guess at how such a humongous companion came into existence is that a UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}-sized planetesimal struck the Earth early in its formation period, which knocked loose a huge chunk of material that eventually cooled, congealed, and settled into the moon's current nearly-circular orbit. However, a recent comparison of the Earth-moon titanium isotope ratio has [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/moon-formation-theory-new-study_n_1380127.html thrown this model into question]].

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Currently, our best guess at how such a humongous companion came into existence is that a UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}-sized planetesimal struck the Earth early in its formation period, which knocked loose a huge chunk of material that eventually cooled, congealed, and settled into the moon's current nearly-circular orbit. However, New discoveries confirm this theories, as scientists have found that the Moon was tidally locked only a recent comparison hundred days after the collision, "baking" one side of the Earth-moon titanium isotope ratio has [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/moon-formation-theory-new-study_n_1380127.html thrown this model into question]].
Moon, and the other side thickening from the vaporized crust, explaining the odd crust dichotomy of the satellite. Even more amazingly, the "strange lights" that have been seen in the last few decades are probable indication that the Moon's core is NotQuiteDead, such as the flashes of light from Aristarchus, one of the ancient lunar volcanoes. In reality, instead of being UFO's, it's actually heated expulsion of dust from the Moon's crust.
19th Jul '16 3:20:32 PM TimeLordVictorious
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19th Jul '16 3:20:22 PM TimeLordVictorious
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[[caption-width-right:250:Kinda looks like ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'', doesn't it?]]

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20th Jun '16 5:03:29 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the 2007 ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Smith and Jones", an entire hospital is teleported to the moon by SpacePolice hunting an alien fugitive. The Doctor and Martha Jones meet and become a team in the confusion.
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