#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.
The Roche limit (/ʁoʃ/), sometimes referred to as the Roche radius, is the distance within which a celestial body, held together only by its own gravity, will disintegrate due to a second celestial body's tidal forces exceeding the first body's gravitational self-attraction. Inside the Roche limit, orbiting material disperses and forms rings whereas outside the limit material tends to coalesce. The term is named after Édouard Roche, who is the French astronomer who first calculated this theore T...
#6 By: Gawain Lavers, 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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