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.
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?
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