Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What the Sky Would Look Like if Planets Replaced the Moon

The Moon is a center piece of a summer's night sky.  I have spent hours in the past just watching the Moon move across the night sky pondering its origin, its likely existence as the Earth's eighth continent, and humanities' desires to voyage to it.

I never wondered about what the sky would look like if other planets replaced the Moon, however.  But Ron Miller, former art director of NASA, did and he made to scale illustrations of what the sky would look like if the Moon was swapped.  The results are beautiful.  Thankfully we can enjoy them as art without worrying about the nightmare world the swap would cause with tides and other alterations to the Earth's delicate system.

I am pretty sure that the changes to Earth's gravity field and orbit would kill us all.

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