What the Moon would look like if it were the same distance from Earth as the International Space Station


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#2

That's also what the International Space Station would look like if it were the size, shape and texture of the moon.

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#3

Truly horrifying. Especially the eclipse - I could hear the creepers spawning.


#4

That's not a space station, it's a moon!


#5

The Moon would eventually (quickly?) be distorted & disintegrated by being inside the Roche limit.

A bonus would be a ring system around Earth.


#6

I also don't see the mile high tidal waves.


#7

What the space-station-moon would like like if I photographed it:


#8

Answer: it would look fucking awesome.


#9

Dammit Moon Moon!


#10

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

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

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

Just logged in to say that was AWESOME! Thanks Mark smile


#14

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

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

All hail Moon!
Light Go! Where is Light?
Sacrifice a virgin!
Give us light!
Oy, Light is back! Yay!
All hail Moon!


#17

Let's play "spot the imgurian" smile


#18

well, someone's been reading xkcd wink


#19

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

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.