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

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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.


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