Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

What would the moon look like if it was as close as the ISS?

What would the moon look like if it was at the same distance from Earth as the International Space Station? (That’s 240-ish miles above our planet instead of its usual 238,900 miles away.)

While the physics would make this rather undesirable — likely breaking the moon into Saturn-like rings and generally messing with Earth’s liquids, atmosphere, etc, — it would look pretty amazing if it was possible. Amateur astronomer Yetipc1 imagines it would look something like this slightly sped-up simulation, though the moon breaking apart and forming rings around Earth would also be pretty cool.

Related watching: Veritasium’s How Far Away is the Moon? and Yetipc1’s what if the moon were replaced with some of our planets?

via io9.

🌈 Related videos

Neil Armstrong’s First Steps on the Moon: CBS covers Apollo 11

Rion Nakaya

NASA footage from the moon: “I was strolling on the Moon one day”

Rion Nakaya

The Apollo 15 Hammer and Feather Drop on the moon (1971)

Rion Nakaya

Earthrise from the moon, captured by JAXA Kaguya Spacecraft

Rion Nakaya

Saturn’s Mysterious Moons

Rion Nakaya

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Images of Apollo landing sites

Rion Nakaya

Moon 101, a quick primer on our 4.51 billion-year-old natural satellite

Rion Nakaya

Tour of the Moon (our One and Only)

Rion Nakaya

See the International Space Station transit the moon

Rion Nakaya

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe