#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, October 24th, 2013 13:08
#2 By: digitalArtform, October 24th, 2013 13:17
That's also what the International Space Station would look like if it were the size, shape and texture of the moon.
#3 By: Boundegar, October 24th, 2013 13:17
Truly horrifying. Especially the eclipse - I could hear the creepers spawning.
#4 By: Bob "Genghis" Khan, October 24th, 2013 13:19
That's not a space station, it's a moon!
#5 By: doubletee, October 24th, 2013 13:27
The Moon would eventually (quickly?) be distorted & disintegrated by being inside the Roche limit.
A bonus would be a ring system around Earth.
#6 By: Mellivora Capensis, October 24th, 2013 13:42
I also don't see the mile high tidal waves.
#7 By: Cary, October 24th, 2013 13:48
What the space-station-moon would like like if I photographed it:
#8 By: Ken, October 24th, 2013 13:57
Answer: it would look fucking awesome.
#9 By: sam albright, October 24th, 2013 14:04
#10 By: Jeff Fisher, October 24th, 2013 14:12
The moon is about 3400Km in diameter, so it would be a lot closer to the earth than it's own diameter.
If it were still tidally locked (and magically not disintegrating) I imagine there would be more of an "it's rolling over us" feel than in that video, where the same face was always pointing at the camera rather than straight down..
#11 By: Brian Sizemore, October 24th, 2013 15:12
And it'd be even better if it somehow retained full brightness...just imagine a full moon of that magnitude. You'd need welding goggles just to go outside.
#12 By: Donald Petersen, October 24th, 2013 15:26
Sunglasses anyway. It wouldn't be brighter than the sun itself, unless it were some concave dish-shape, right?
Hmm. Well, with so much of the sky filled with it, it would be awfully bright.
#13 By: heligo, October 24th, 2013 15:28
Just logged in to say that was AWESOME! Thanks Mark
#14 By: Donald Petersen, October 24th, 2013 15:39
And that video fills me with a healthy dose of both phobos and deimos.
I remember too well what eventually happened to Chewbacca.
There's a big spoiler there for those who know no end to the mighty Wookiee.
#15 By: Cary, October 24th, 2013 16:45
Wouldn't it be shielded by the Earth most of the time? I suppose that the Earth would experience several daily eclipses as well...
#16 By: bogdog, October 24th, 2013 16:45
All hail Moon!
Light Go! Where is Light?
Sacrifice a virgin!
Give us light!
Oy, Light is back! Yay!
All hail Moon!
#17 By: Cary, October 24th, 2013 17:50
Let's play "spot the imgurian"
#18 By: Jon Sowden, October 24th, 2013 19:09
well, someone's been reading xkcd
#19 By: Drew Roos, October 24th, 2013 19:33
Actually not really. I think the moon just appears bright because your eyes are sensitized to night. I believe the full moon is about 1/25,000th the brightness of daylight. The moon at 420km would take up ~40% of the sky, which is ~7000x larger than its normal size. So even assuming every part of the larger moon was equally radiant, you're still only talking about a quarter the brightness of daylight, and much less concentrated in the sky...
#20 By: Donald Petersen, October 24th, 2013 19:40
It'd be nice to be able to read comfortably by moonlight, but if it moved that rapidly across the sky it would be awfully distracting.
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