If moon was as close as ISS

I am combining this post with the Daily Prompt topic.

What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it? 

The last thing I searched on Google was ‘Roche Limit’ when I watched the below video.


What would it look like, if moon were as distant or close as International Space Station – ISS?

How would the rising and setting of moon would appear?

This is an amazing animated video giving us the picture in real.

Even though this is not possible in reality, it put me into thinking or rather imagining things. According to Roche limit or Roche radius, if moon were at a distance of 9496 km from earth, moon would disintegrate and tear apart. Earth would look like Saturn then! (Imagine if Earth had rings like Saturn). Roche limit also called Roche radius is the distance within which any celestial body (in this case moon) which has it’s own gravity will disintegrate under the influence of another celestial body’s (here it’s our earth) tidal forces, which exceeds moon’s gravitational self attraction. Further interested? read this : Roche Limit

But if by any miracle, moon were as close as ISS, to earth, would it remind us daily how small we are, in reality?  Would humankind be more polite and showed more humanity to our fellow dwellers?

First and foremost would man survive? The day and night would be too short. Our life cycle would be different. One day would be less than 24 hours.

Think of the weather, would it be more cold due to earth’s less exposure to sun light? It would snow everywhere.

How would oceans and seas be? How would be the tidal force?

How would moon look if we were travelling in flight? The flights should had to fly within the earth’s gravitational boundary.

Perhaps there would be boundary, where earth’s gravitation surpasses that of moon’s , a neutral zone and moon’s gravitation surpasses that of earth’s? There would be a warning sign for aerial explorers “Entering moon’s gravitational limit in another 100 km!” and so on.

With the enormous advances in space technology in last few decades, would moon be a tourist spot?
Our science text book at school would be completely different. Physics laws, Chemical reactions, Biology would vary!
Stargazing would be difficult!

We should be thankful to moon for it is where it should be, making it convenient for humans to lead a happy life?

Below are two more videos giving us a thrilling comparison of sizes of various planets in our solar system.

What IF MOON were replaced with other planets?

In the day

At night:


11 thoughts on “If moon was as close as ISS

    1. Thank you very much. Me too, I would love to see Saturn rising and setting everyday. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  1. OMG, this was such a wonderful walk down science fiction lane using just a mundane Daily Prompt….awesome post 😀

    1. Thanks Jairam, glad you liked it. 🙂 it’s a very good animation giving an idea about sizes of celestial objects. I loved the video, so shared it 🙂

  2. Very cool. I must admit the last think I thought about googling was — what is the planet near the moon this time of year? I was driving my son home from karate and I didn’t think it was still Venus. Just checked. in the early evening it is Venus. Jupiter is visible later or early morning. 🙂

    1. Yes Venus looks brightest just before sunrise and after sunset – it’s called evening star or morning star. On a clear sky Jupiter/Saturn will look really bright. 🙂 Our amazing neighbors 🙂

  3. Wow, while I was busy writing about rebellious toilets you were bringing us useful information. I don’t even know what to do with that. But I loved reading it, especially since I just saw Gravity this past weekend. No matter what you think/thought about the merits of the movie, the space footage was gorgeous.

    1. Haha… I bumped into this video and loved it, thought would share with you all 🙂 Thanks for the lovely words, glad you liked it 🙂 Oh I must watch Gravity too, it’s in my list.

  4. With moon so close, some of those lovey-dovey couples would break up eventually 🙂 The guy would promise bringing the moon for girl and the she would be quick to point above 😀

    I know I wouldn’t want that to happen for them 🙂
    What about the little songs we had when we were kids ( chanda maama door ke )?

    I especially like this post of yours. Really good, and fires up imagination- precisely my idea of what writing should be 🙂 KEep it up

    1. This can be a good topic for movie makers and fiction writers. Many things in our universe are yet to be discovered. That leaves humans imagining possibilities.

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Glad you liked this post. It’s pretty much like sci-fi, which you fancy I believe 🙂

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